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

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King Clam - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 6:31 PM

So if you sell an engine, and you also sell a chassis, that gets you around selling a whole “factory” bike? The RSV4 was seen as a Motogp bike for the masses when it was first introduced so this would seem to be a natural evolution. And why through all of this, is BMW sitting on the sidelines with all its billions? KTM I can understand remaining in the shadows (remember the Roberts/ KTM fiasco) as they are small potatoes. But these two in particular really should have factory teams, unless of course you are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the exit of Honda's and Yamaha's factory squads to get involved. This is turning into a big chess match.


November 18, 2011 10:24 PM


At first I thought that was rather odd as well.

But the reasoning behind factories doing the claiming is to prevent manufacturers (like Aprilia or BMW) helping a CRT develop engines. The thought is that a manufacturer wouldn't invest money and countless hours of R&D for their technology to fall in the hands of another manufacture. Another deterrent to prevent manufacturers giving back door assistance is the $20,000 claiming price for the engines.


November 18, 2011 10:44 PM

@ rotsa ruck - I certainly hope that Aprilia's sums and figures make the project viable. I had assumed that having a motor and a chassis they would have a pseudo-works team masquerading as a CRT team, rather like Checa's Ducati. Maybe they could call the frame a Derbi or Gilera to get round the rules? The temptation must be there! Also in the equation is that Aprilia will lose a lot of income by not being able to supply their 125s to 99% of the grid at astronomical prices.

Mart247 - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 11:32 PM

Say what you want about these boy's from Italy and their ways, but they've put a lot of cash and efforts into GP classes and WSB. Not bad when you look at what the Japanese do given the volumes involved. Maybe not at Moto GP level but single handedly kept 2 classes going. Well done them.

Lost Racer........... - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 12:53 AM

I find it amusing the doom the end is nigh for motogp because there are only 12 supported factory Bikes I suggest some of you look back into the history of 500gp from 1968-1970 there was only one manufacturer Involved Mv Agusta in 76 mainly suzuki's with the odd yamaha not sure of the year yet in the late90's early 2000's there were only about 15 bikes in 500

the only difference now is that there is WSBK were the costs are substantially less the days are gone where a young Hailwood Purchases a manx norton to race in premier class!!

perhaps crt is the way togo who knows yet in 1968 there was only 1 factory bike mv Agusta today 12 is not doom and gloom it is the market re-aligning its self enjoy racing Love Racing surtees duke Hailwood sheene roberts spencer rainy doohan rossi stoner lorenzo enjoy it ....this is what we have Love it

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