MotoGP » Ten Kate confirms Gresini CRT role

Ten Kate and Gresini will join forces for the latter's new CRT MotoGP entry, with the former World Superbike champions supplying the engines and electronics.

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Mick - Unregistered

January 02, 2012 3:42 PM

Juice - they are as a partner.
As they dont have an entry and there hands full its a good move for them. Developing an engine that will defineatley help them in WSB whilst not having to spend the money on running a team, just providing the engine and maintaining it. Gresini will run the team whilst FTR will be developing the chassis along side Gresini.
It all works in Moto2 with Moriwaki providing the chassis and developement.


January 02, 2012 7:59 PM

re: "Instead of helping Gresini, why doesnt Ten Kate just join in as a CRT?"

because gerrit and ronald are savvy business men boffins and know they don't have a crystal ball to predict if the CRT model even has a future beyond 4 or 5 seasons...? meanwhile, a review of worldsuper's 20+ year history shows that business model nearly as stable as a preacher come sunday morning.


January 02, 2012 11:36 PM

Could this open the door for JR to get into motogp? An engine/electronics package he's used to with a different chassis & tyres to learn. Surely getting some results in SBK could earn him at least a test with the Gresini MotoGP CRT bike.


January 03, 2012 1:05 AM

Smart move by Honda? I think it could be.

Currently CRT engines can not be "works" status they must be prepared by private teams. Ten Kate receive full works backing in WSBK so is this a backdoor way for Honda to supply a full "works" spec engine if it is doing so under the guise of it being "prepared" by Ten Kate for Gresini?


January 03, 2012 2:09 AM

re: "Honda to supply a full "works" spec engine if it is doing so under the guise of it being "prepared" by Ten Kate for Gresini?"

except, people are continuing to miss that claiming rules put paid to the possibility of any engine being "works" in moto1. not because the rules disallow it, but because they've attached a "financial" disincentive. what dolt puts a $100 grand (random number) into an engine that the competition can snatch out from under them at any moment for just $20...?

re: "Ten Kate receive full works backing in WSBK"

again, no they don't. anyone with backing from HRC doesn't need to keep company with cosworth. wait, this conversation sounds familiar...?


January 03, 2012 3:03 AM

re: "Could this open the door for JR to get into motogp?"

yes, but this all first presumes MotoGp even still exists...? and if it does, is it (CRT) actually a promotion or a demotion...? forget the fan perspective for sec and what they can, or cannot detect. is it worth aspiring to as a RIDER when you're the one who CAN physically feel the reduction in performance and CAN see the slower lap times on your pitboard every time you come 'round...? crack pilot and 2X champion sofuoglu says "NO".


January 03, 2012 5:36 AM


Let me make this perfectly clear - MotoGP WILL NEVER be a step down from WSBK. Never. And yes, MotoGP will still exist.

And as for the rider - just like every driver who races cars aspire to be in F1, every bike racer aspires to be in GPs. Even if they lie and say "well, WSBK is were I want to be" please believe they would jump at any half decent chance to be in MotoGP. Same for teams - they will jump at a chance to be in MotoGP if they find it remotely feasible.

Andy what "reduction in performance" are you talking about?? At the very least CRT bikes will have WSBK spec engines - at the LEAST. Give them some time sorting with the prototype chassis, Bridgestone tires, and lighter weight then WSBKs, they will be faster than Superbikes in due time.

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