MotoGP » Speed Master names West, Aprilia, Iannone

Official: Speed Master to MotoGP with Anthony West.

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November 17, 2011 8:21 AM

@ Don-R

You're dead right. The worrying thing for me is that out of those names you list, I don't believe many are MotoGP material, but could obviously provide the funding.

Sad really.


November 17, 2011 8:43 AM

I think Kenny Snr had the concept right. The manufacturers should supply engines and nothing more. Let the teams build the chassis etc. Whether in-house or out-sourced. restrict engine updates to 1 or 2 per year to keep costs down but make sure that they are still prototype.
Surely this would keep the costs down?
Anyone see any probs with this?

Paddles - Unregistered

November 17, 2011 9:04 AM

it's already like that now trav, it's just that hrc or ducati are the chassis builder for instance. you'd probably find that a chassis engineering firm like ftr already builds components for a lot of motogp and moto2 teams so it's not about the chassis components, they're already as prototype as you can get. it has to be about the engines, they need to be pulled back towards production engines and this will allow production engines to be heavily modified to become competitive.


November 17, 2011 9:11 AM

@ Nick636

I think you're right, Nick - some of those guys are probably getting the gig because of a sponsorship package. But this is very much a transitional year, and the CRT class needs to become established so that better riders become attracted to it. You can be sure Dorna will make sure the rules are altered to make CRT bikes much more competitive for 2013 (easily done even only through fuel limits), and then perhaps we'll see an influx of riders from Moto2 and WSBK. I think long term we're looking at bigger grid sizes and more competition, and that's why I'm still optimistic right now.

Legend butty - Unregistered

November 17, 2011 10:00 AM

Worrying stuff, no doubt Ant West getting a ride in the top class is a real kick in the teeth for Dorna. If that is the level of rider they can expect it won't matter if they fit the crts with jet engines.. Plenty of good riders out there and less rides than ever yet Westy is the best they can do.. could be the killer for crt, it's lack of desirability for up and coming riders..I do hope Speed master has profitable spares dept.. they will need it.. Get to the gym fatty, don't you get how fortunate you are??


November 17, 2011 10:47 AM

Ant West is in there for a reason. In a way it IS scraping the barrel yes, but for a very good reason. If you're a new team you have little to gain from putting some 18-year old hotshoe on your bike. You are working on a completely new chassis that you need to sort out to begin with. Because of that you want a rider with experience, preferrably experience from working with a MotoGP bike. Now the bigger names will not touch a CRT bike because they see it as a step down, and many like RdP would rather go to WSBK and be a star there. Guys like West and Ellison would probably be the best compromise you could achieve. They may not be the quickest out there but the hope is most probably that they can help the team develop the chassis. Surely this cannot be so hard to comprehend?

Jase - Unregistered

November 17, 2011 10:48 AM

Does anybody know if the CRT bikes will be doing a Evo championship like in BSB that would be good, Glen Richards on FTR would clean up

Dorset Doughnut - Unregistered

November 17, 2011 11:39 AM

I heard from a very reliable source that Dorna are trying to get Crescent to run a CRT bike for RdeP and are willing to stump up cash to backup the Rizla gelt. Engine & chassis not decided, apparently chassis is more of a stumbling block because Crescent would like to use their existing chassis but fitting a CRT engine is proving irksome.

Watch this space!

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