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French ace tops times on day two of Jerez test

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slapp nuts - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 5:56 AM

I hope they can at least battle in the top 10 to 5 spot range, even if its a half CRT/Factory bike we need the extra competition.As long as they don't start winning because i want to see Honda win again :D

Hemmy - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 9:22 AM

Wow, i had 6 people disagree with the facts i posted. Surely they were not disagreeing with the facts and stats i posted, so does any one of those few care to put their point accross and explain why they think RdP deserves a top ride then?

As much as i like RdP, looking at his stats and previous results in moto gp after a whole 6 years, im actually amazed he's been here so long. Many other riders have been ditched after only a couple of years and done better than him. Its strange really.

Reality - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 9:46 AM

I didn't disagree with you but I think I understand why some do. When it rains Randy is right up there. Also he has always had dogs of a bike and faired better than most on them. He always gives 110%. If he had a Honda or Yamaha works bike would be a near alien (Stoner has proven a good rider will crash trying to make a poor bike perform to the level of the superior handling bikes). And lastly he is a quiet achiever.

Hemmy - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 10:37 AM

@Reality, a quiet achiever you say? But what has he actually achieved? A best of 9th overall, with a couple of 11th places, a 15th and two 16th places? Is that hoenstly what you call a quiet achiever?

Its all too easy to say he would be near alien status if he had a factory bike, but clearly the team bosses dont agree with you there. I like Randy, but i was personally shocked when i looked up his stats for myself.

Aoyama for example has done better than him in his only 2 years in moto gp and found himself without a GP ride this season. I personally think that Randy has been very very lucky to keep a ride in moto gp for so long. Obviosuly a good rider, but with all due respect, also very over-rated it seems.


November 26, 2011 12:20 PM

Finishing 5 places in the championship behind Barbera on the same bike did Randy no favours this year, and neither did his 13 crashes throughout the season. I think he's a better rider than that finish suggests, but you can't blame the major teams for not being tempted at this point. Maybe he has a shot at graduating back to non-CRT status if he can win the 'CRT Championship'.


November 27, 2011 6:20 AM

Some interesting comments about the Aprilia CRT.
1. Factory Proto vs CRT
ummm....CLAIMING Rules Team. That means another team can lay down a modest sum of cash to CLAIM (or buy) the engine or engine/gearbox. Aprilia won't be allowing high end factory prototype R&D be bought, especially for 20k Euros.
2. Honda Seamless Gearbox
In preseason testing in 2010, this was trialed to improve corner entry, to make the transition smoother.


November 27, 2011 9:24 PM

re: "I personally think that Randy has been very very lucky to keep a ride in moto gp for so long. Obviosuly a good rider, but with all due respect, also very over-rated it seems."

he's there because motogp visits lemans, jaque and guintoli are gone, neither dimeglio or cluzel are ready to step up and they need someone with half-a-name to continue driving ticket sales. remember, the direct sell "product" of motogp isn't motorbikes, it's personalities and the associated nipple twisting therein. when framed in the proper context, what he has or hasn't achieved is really of little consequence. it's not a metric that's even being used.


November 27, 2011 9:54 PM

re: "I wonder why no Kalex chassis being used by CRT?"

it might be because it's early days and nobody's had time to build much of anything. never mind an engine (unlike suter's BMW) you don't have 100% confirmation from the factory is even going to be used. observe how there's nothing honda, suzuki, or yamaha based at the moment. it's your first clue these factories aren't completely on-board with "moto-uno".


November 27, 2011 10:03 PM

re: "By looking at the Aprilia rear swing-arm, the Aprilia engineer is very smart with the modification on dealing with the Bridgestone tyres."

i don't see where they've modified anything...? 'cept to spray bomb and gaffa tape a WSBK chassis...?

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