MotoGP » Gresini confirms CRT plans with FTR

The Italian team will field a chassis constructed by FTR and powered by a Honda CBR1000RR engine.

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Sausage talent - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 4:51 PM

Fantastic result for Dorna a top team entering crt no doubt convinced by huge amounts of dollars, let's hope they get a good rider, as with Colin Edwards, these will be the benchmarks for the crt class..extra 3 litres(another) please and the factories will start to get squeaky bum syndrome.. Hope they have a great season..Can't wait to see them in action if the kwacks anything to go off they are a thing of beauty to behold..

mr_long - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 4:56 PM

Great news
Am I right in thinking FTR are making chassis'for Kawasaki, Aprilia & now Honda based engines? If so does this mean completely different frames or simply re-adjusting the engine mounts?

hello moto - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 5:08 PM

Stupid. Gresini should have ditched Honda altogether. The CBR engine doesn't have the legs. FTR is going to have to build one hell of a chassis for the Gresini CRT to be competitive.

kirk66 - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 5:57 PM

Here's a take: I'm happy to see the CRT class. Think about this. Suter, FTR and if MZ would do it that would make three good chassis makers for an array of motors. Because the GP factory motors are limited by fuel & engine count it would be fairly easy to sumize that the manufacturers going for reliability would top out rwhp figures around the 240-250 area. Current Superbike motors routinely produce 225-230 rwhp. That 10% or less differencial can be made up by specialty parts that are not allowed in WSBK. Lighter cranks, cams, rods and such will reduce weight and increase power. The trick at that point is reliability.
RDP should take the CRT seat because he's an excellent rider. With RDP and CEII fronting the CRT bikes for BMW and Honda it would make for some interesting development processes.
I'm just saying that I wouldn't discount the CRT bikes. Like the Moto2 bikes, a year of development and those CRT bikes should be pretty damn fast. The biggest problem at that point is finding

kirk66 - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 6:02 PM

cont.... riders. Three AMA riders that needs seats would be Jake Zemke, Tommy Hayden and Jamie Hacking. There are others, but these three have development skills that will be needed badly for the first few seasons. I'd bet that there are three or four BSB and ASBK guys that need seats, too. If you could field 25-27 bikes and run a GP CRT points class like BSB did for the EVOs then it seems like it would be a winning situation for many.


November 15, 2011 6:12 PM

The FTR boss said "the new MotoGP-CRT category", will it have a different point system (like BSB-Evo), or an official CRT champion? It would be good because their aim clearly can't be beating the regular teams.

Something else: will there be only FTR and Suter CRT bikes? I heard only about them.

Mick - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 6:42 PM

Great news for CRT, wonder how it affects and why there was no tie u with Moriwaki? of course the situation in Japan could have some bearing. FTR Suter and Moriwaki all have experience building Motogp bikes.
I think there maybe a couple more on the way Inmotec depending on whether they use their own or a CRT engine, the Gapom may be there but they need a proper chassis instead of adapted moto2

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