MotoGP » McWilliams: CRT doesn't fit MotoGP mould

'It is a strange move I think to put production-based motors in a prototype chassis and expect them to add to the spectacle of MotoGP' - Jeremy McWilliams

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April 27, 2012 7:58 PM

@ acegarp
Going back to when i first started following Motorcycle Racing in the early sixties up to when Kenny Roberts ran his own team private team owners could build their own chassis and lease engines from the manufacturers. Infact in the very early days riders use to run they're own teams.The electronics you need nowadays though makes it impossible to do that without huge bdgets.


April 27, 2012 11:48 PM

With grids getting smaller and costs to lease factory machines getting way to high and also manufacturers dropping out, Motogp is in trouble and they know it. Thats why the CRT project has become reality and thats where Motogp is heading for the future,they need full grids to maintain this as a spectacle for the paying audience. They still need the class to be prototype racing, but they need to make it more cost effective for teams and new teams comming into the class. Run prototype chassis, with production based engines and limit the electronic packages available, this is where the costs start to get out of control.

CRT - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 2:22 AM

WCM used a production based engine in like 2004-2005..
Posted by RipripTSS500 (11 hours ago)

It was a prototype engine but used a (IIRC) production crank because the prototype was not ready.

It was later resolved and they raced again.

The WCM engine was based off of the R1 engine, but it was a prototype.


April 28, 2012 1:14 PM

re: "I think what they have done at the moment is taken away from the spectacle of what MotoGP is about, he added."

smart man that mcwilliams, but actually it's WORSE. it's a glaring safety hazard.


April 28, 2012 1:31 PM

re: "I hate to bring up the obvious here and most of you may be too young to remember, but the vast majority of GP history used "production-based" motors and specialized frames until the 500 two-stroke era of the late 80's to 90's began."

in contrast, i LOVE to bring up that the "competing technology" of WSBK (that now exists), didn't exist back then.


April 28, 2012 1:41 PM

re: "McWilliams is adamant MotoGP must retain an element of exclusivity to ensure it retains is status as motorcycle racing's blue riband class, but concedes the astronomical costs involved in running a factory-supported MotoGP team cannot be sustained."

welcome to the world of CATCH-22. however (comma) as evidenced by F1, no such thing as astronomical when the "fan-sumers" come off the dime. alonso's direct deposit hasn't gotten any leaner.

JOHN - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 4:10 PM

Jeremy is right. MotoGP is nothing of the sport sort but a cut throat commercial jungle, ie the few with the too much big money factory bikes and the rest making up the numbers. What is doesn't need is an Ecclestone (Bernie)


May 03, 2012 5:47 AM

The last thing MotoGP needs is anyone like Bernie in fact Bernie is the last thing F1 needs, commercial rights holders should stick to selling the media rights and leave the rule making to the governing bodies
Posted by RD350LC

Commercial rights holders and the governing bodies are one and the same. O M G


May 03, 2012 5:53 AM

motoGP and WSBK are owned by the same group so the issue of needing prototypes is null and void since Bridgepoint has the power to make sure motoGP is always faster than WSBK.

So CRT is there just in case there is a big down turn in money available for the top teams. But CRT will always be faster than WSBK. As long as the same group owns both.

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