MotoGP » de Puniet puts CRT on MotoGP pace at Jerez

“We are starting to set interesting lap times... I am pleasantly surprised at the potential of this bike” - Randy de Puniet.

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gerd - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 7:57 PM

@rich ... It's so that they don't go nutsoid and drop ridiculous coin into development. If another team can "claim" their engine, it's more likely that you'll see comparable units.

Paddles - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 9:16 PM

CRT is not about the level of engineering or funding for a team, it's about being able to utilise modified production engine components in order to economically knock together a competitive bike. ie. designing and then fabricating unique/prototype engine components is a costly exercise and allowing the use of modified production components and then introducing the possibility of someone buying your donk for 20k has opened up the playing field somewhat. going to 1 litre has made this even more of a reality. welcome to the new age of motogp, where it's not just red vs blue .........

Arctic - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 9:22 PM

what is the big difference between Aprilia RSV-4 WSBK spec and Aprilia RSV-4 CRT bike.

The CRT Aprilia uses both there chassie and engine. So is this just a full-blown RSV-4.

Dangerboy - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 9:30 PM

I genuinely think they'll close the gap. I keep thinking back to Stevie Hislop putting his ducati Superbike round donnington faster than Rossi managed on the rc211v... Down on power and on lesser tyres and he did it... Oh aye and he was 40 years old at the time... It's gonna be a halcyon year

CRT - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 9:39 PM

@ Artic,

The RSV-4 engine in the CRT bike is modified well beyond the limitiations of a WSBK engine. The CRT's are allowed to use exotic compenents not allowed by WSBK regs. The frame can be modified anyway they see fit, which aside from allowing additional bracing in WSBK, it is not authorized (it's been to long since I looked at the WSBK rules that may need to be confrimed, so don't take it as gospel).

Carbon brakes are allowed in CRT, not WSBK.

WSBK, much like GP, the bikes need to be desinged to work with the tyres. If they are not, they are less competitive (see Kawasaki WSBK effort to date). Stiffness can be added/removes easily (relatively speaking) in GP, not so much in WSBK.

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