MotoGP » HRC boss talks CRT MotoGP

“The CRT concept I think is ok, but at the Valencia test the lap time difference was too much” - Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC executive vice president.

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February 01, 2012 6:15 AM

“If only CRT, we at Honda are not interested,” Nakamoto declared.

Interesting comment. Happy to supply engines for Moto 2.
Is that cause they (Honda) are the only engine supplier for that class? Or is he sending a message to Dorna that they (Honda) will take their ball and go home if they cannot make prototypes only for Moto GP?


Mr Murphy

February 01, 2012 6:27 AM

I think he is saying that they(Honda) will not except anymore dumbing down of Moto GP. It is the pinnicle of motor cycle racing and the machines they race should reflect that. By all means change the regs, but the bikes must all ways be the pure bred race bikes that we now have. Bimota have been making CRTs for years, still a SBK.


February 01, 2012 7:55 AM

On the 24th Bridgepoint who owns motoGP bought WSBK.

Now WSBK can be controlled so that the motoGP bikes are always faster.

This means that the CRT bikes will always be faster than WSBKs.


So there is now no future for the high priced factory prototypes. This is why Honda is thinking about leaving. They cannot in the future buy the world championship.


February 01, 2012 8:10 AM

@leonidas...who gives a damn about what the riders think. If they dont like it they can leave and go to slower bikes elsewhere.

They get paid to win or perform and we pay to see action. We buy the products if we get the close racing action. Seeing another free practice type race doesnt sell as much. Thats the corporate mentality.

But motoGP will remain as the championship with the fastest bikes. If need be Bridgepiont will uncrease the fuel etc to ensure the bikes are fast.


February 01, 2012 8:15 AM

Its a pity the new riders dont race like Rossi. I.e waiting for the end and then hitting the gas.

No way Stoner is going to pick up as many WCs as Rossi if CRT is all there is. Is this the real issue??? I think so.


Paddles - Unregistered

February 01, 2012 8:21 AM

Randy de Puniet is 1.3 seconds slower around Valencia, in the CRT test day 2, than he was in the pre-race practice at Valencia last year on his customer Ducati GP11 whic essentially has less difference from a Ducati factory team bike than say a customer Honda would have from a HRC machine. 1.3 seconds slower on a totally new machine with next to no development. For Mr HRC to be "not interested" in a championship with regulations changed to allow non-prototype equipment to compete shows the absolute arrogance of the two big factories when it comes to the world championship, they think they own it. For too long they have influenced the rules so much that not only unless you are on one of their factory machines you won't win, but you pretty much can only run a team by buying one of their bikes whilst they hold you to ransom on the price and then never let you be competitive on it anyway. good riddance to the way some of the factory teams do business i reckon and roll on a dumbed down moto

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