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Aprilia to stay in grand prix by supplying a full CRT bike for MotoGP 2012?

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November 18, 2011 2:18 PM

Out of 125GP and straight into MotoGP ? This is a courageous move by Aprilia, given the huge expense of transporting a CRT team around the world, in addition to their WSB team. On the other hand, their 125 team already travels with the MotoGP circus so maybe the increase in spending will not be a major drain. With cutomers queuing to buy their RSV4 engine, that income, plus decent sponsorship, might even make their CRT effort a source of net income. However, with Italy being on the verge of financial melt-down, and the possibility of other teams using their engine failing to survive the year, Piaggio will be monitoring the cash situation very carefully.

Get a clue - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 2:53 PM


Some people need to read the rules and understand them!

Aprilia is using the loop that a manufacturer can't get directly involved in the CRT class but it doesn't restrict them from building a chassis for it so they're building the chassis and it is more than obvious that teams will choose the gear driven RSV engine since it will fit it like a glove. Hilarious thinking by aprilia.

. - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 3:46 PM

OMG How funny would it be to see Max back in GP's lol Even more funny if Aprilia made a CRT bike competitive in the dry loool, imagine Vale, Honda and co gutted lol

Good year next year I reckon.


November 18, 2011 4:20 PM

A few things to consider:

1. The Aprilia Chassis/engine combo has to be approved and granted CRT status

2. Even if it is granted CRT status that status can be removed at any time (and the team would be immediately put under the 6 engine and 21 liter of fuel restriction like factory teams) if Aprilia is found to be using a CRT as a back door factory effort.

3. You can be sure that the factory teams will be claiming the Aprilia engine left and right to monitor any back door factory effort. At the claiming price of $20,000 (I believe that's what it is) it's unlikely feasible for Aprilia to be dumping a lot of money and R&D into the engines and would leave that to the teams.

Mokka - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 4:27 PM

CRT is the future and the sooner we are rid of the uber-factory machines (Ducatis not included!) the better!

Can't wait for Moto2 levels of action in the premier class. Don't worry though, the best riders will remain the best.

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