MotoGP » Aspar team defends Aprilia CRT MotoGP bike

“We have to present a project to the Grand Prix Commission and they will decide if the bike is CRT or a factory bike. We will do everything within the rules” - Gino Borsoi.

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JC Racing - Unregistered

December 16, 2011 2:36 PM

The engines don't HAVE to be derived from production ones. Thay MAY be so. If Ducati decided to build a version of the Desmocedici engine with 81mm diameter pistons and make that available to anyone, that would be legal too. The same goes for Aprilia building a chassis derived form a production one and making that available to everyone, not to mention the motor. If they want to be in MotoGP by selling chassis to people and providing close support to them, good on them. They get the exposure and the teams get to race, therefore exist, at a fraction of the cost

It's mine, all mine!!! - Unregistered

December 16, 2011 3:12 PM

I think the main benefit of the CRT regs is teams will own the equipment & are able sell it if they wish!
The Aprilia CRT bike sounds no different, in concept, from the RS125/250s you could buy from a Honda dealer with the various kit parts!
Go Aprilia, other manufacturers should take note of what they are doing, but then again, it's nothing new really!


December 16, 2011 3:26 PM

re: "At the Spanish tests the team experimented with the standard RSV4 chassis, using World Superbike regulation Pirelli tyres before changing to Bridgestones to ascertain the effect of MotoGP rubber on the chassis."

exactly, you were collecting data. hence the reason it was too soon for anyone to have thought there would have been any kind of mods to the chassis.


December 16, 2011 3:34 PM

re: "The engines don't HAVE to be derived from production ones. Thay MAY be so. If Ducati decided to build a version of the Desmocedici engine with 81mm diameter pistons and make that available to anyone, that would be legal too."

except, doesn't that kinda emulate what we already have (ie. big money MotoGp) and defeat ezepelata's theory that grandprix will be "magically saved for time eternal" by lowering costs with an all CRT formula...?

Smiler - Unregistered

December 16, 2011 4:00 PM

My understanding was the the 'CRT' bit was that any of the other teams could buy the engine for a fixed fee of 15,000 euro or 20,000 euro for engine and gearbox.
For me unless I have got it totally wrong qualifying for CRT is not about the technology but about are you prepared to sell your technology for what is a very small amount of money, i.e in theory Honda could enter a full factory RCV212 as a CRT as long as they were happy to sell one to Yamaha for pocket change (I dont think so!).


December 16, 2011 4:26 PM

As long as it doesn't result in a similar situation as on the 250cc class, then I'm all for it. Independant teams need to be able to buy the engine from Aprilia and develop their own chassis, similar to Moto2 but without the single engine rule.

bjr - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 9:57 AM

This is complete and utter BS, the intent of the CRT rules is for a team to buy a production engine, work it over and put it in a prototype frame, and if there's a hint of "factory" support from the engine manufacturer then you lose your CRT status.

This should be nipped in the bud real quick. If Aprilia can supply enough factory modified bits to supply CRT teams with no hope of taking line honours, then they should have been making and selling them already to get bikes on the track with the proviso that you don't put Aprilia stickers on it.

In fact, Honda and Yamaha only have themselves to blame, they should have been filling the grid with 2-3 season old bikes for cost.....

pp916 - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 4:10 PM

This will go down the same route as Moto2...the richer teams such as Aspar who can throw endless cash at the project will get preferential support from the engine/chassis manufacturers and, like Marquez this year, will get in a massive amount of testing and multiple frames to try which others just can't afford. There will still be a 'have's & have nots' regime in CRT.....

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