MotoGP » Speed Master names West, Aprilia, Iannone

Official: Speed Master to MotoGP with Anthony West.

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November 16, 2011 10:11 PM
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Some people need to realise that Crash's list is nothing like the final grid. There are plenty more signings either likely or imminent that aren't given here, like Bradl to LCR, Pirro to Gresini, Aleix Espargaro to Mapfre Aspar, Hernandez and Silva to BQR, Carmelo Morales to Team Laglisse, Petrucci to IODA Racing, and more besides. There should be a grid of 22-24 riders when all are accounted for. That's much better than last year.

Also, as far as the factory machines, you're going to have 10 factory or factory-spec bikes lining up at the start of 2012, and the top 6 will generally come from those factory machines, just as in 2011. So that's no worse, despite Suzuki's withdrawal. I'm just not seeing why all the gloom and doom from some quarters.


November 16, 2011 10:18 PM

Criticizing the CRT model is one thing, but the grim fact is that the manufacturers are leaving one by one. At least now there's a backup plan. There are only so many manufacturers, whereas there could be any number of independent teams. In the long term, why not let everyone race with the same engine and chassis rules? I.E. Honda can use their CRT engine but build their own chassis.


November 16, 2011 11:20 PM

Tend to agree with Don-R,

Things may not be as gloomy as they appear.

Given the top speed achieved by the Aprilia's in this years WSB championship, there is every chance that by the end of next year the Speed Master bikes could be finishing well inside the top ten.

And remember, WSB engine tuning is fairly restrictive compared to a CRT bike where (if you make it yourself) almost anything goes.


November 17, 2011 12:14 AM

A rider nicknamed Crazy Joe probably isn't the best choice for your first year in a new class with a newly developed bike.
I think DominicR probably has it about right with 2012 being a development year for Speedmaster with MotoGP experienced West riding. (though he doesn't have a reputation as a development/setup whiz)
I have visions of even more inconsistency and possibly lots of broken bikes when Iannone comes to grips with MotoGP and Bridgestone tyres.

some1 - Unregistered

November 17, 2011 12:56 AM

Why KR didn't take part in making CRT chassis?

KR chassis was then well known as one of the best in MotoGP. They even solved Honda chattering problem on RC211V in 2006.

KR chassis + GSXR engine would blown away the rest of the CRT bikes.

LAH - Unregistered

November 17, 2011 1:52 AM

agreed, some1.
politicians use the internet to gain huge amounts of money via innumerable small contributions.
don't see why kenny can't use the same method.
if i saw a site where i could support the king's return to the top flight, i would give generously.

LAH - Unregistered

November 17, 2011 2:02 AM

everyone screamed that moto2 would be a disaster.
crow, anyone?
don't i remember harris framed yamaha's being fairly good machines?

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