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'We still have some work to do but now it's all about the first race in Qatar so we will get a better picture of where we are then' - Paul Bird

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March 28, 2012 3:49 PM

I never quite understood this project. A bike which really stands little chance of even troubling the Aprilia CRT's being ridden by a rider who had found a happy home in BSB. What can they get out of this?

Erm dunno - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 4:27 PM

Does anybody know why Elison has a Dutch flag either side of the screen ?

It might match the colour scheme, but it really looks like a National flag to me.

It is not a Ten Kate bike and I do not recall a Dutch connection with JE or PBM...

amakusa - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 4:28 PM

congrats paul bird on becoming a motogp team owner. he really has done well to perserver so long in the sport despite going through alot in wsbk for some time.

pp916 - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 4:33 PM


It IS an Aprilia CRT, and why are they doing it? Cos they're ambitious and want to race at the top of the sport, not just contest a domestic championship year on year......

puzzled46 - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 6:40 PM

re "what can they get out of this?"
Gambling that CRT will have a future I can see but why oh why would you put Ellison on it? At best Ellison can run @ the front in BSB. He is not a risk taker & never looks like he is pushing 100%. I think a better ride would have given them a better idea......

Mick - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 6:55 PM

Probably because Ellison has M1 experience and this is a learning year for all CRT's and particular new team like Bird. I would think he is being cautious this year, not throwing chunks of money at it at get established for the longer term.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 7:59 PM

My understanding, from what I have read, is that Paul Bird has an expectation that CRT / Moto1 will become very popular over the next few seasons such that demand for grid slots will exceed supply - I don't know what Dorna will limit the grid size to, but from memory the original plan when the new 4 stroke era started was to have 26 bikes on the grid.

If the above happens Paul Birds grid slots will be worth some money and in the future he will be able to trade them or merge with another team - either way perhaps making some money.

This seems quite a likely scenario given the number of Moto2 teams who will want to move up if the experiment proves successful.

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