MotoGP » Stoner: There was always a CRT in the way

“Every lap was spoiled which is very frustrating as I really feel we could have been on pole but we'll have to settle for where we are” – Casey Stoner.

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give CRT a chance - Unregistered

July 29, 2012 1:55 PM

I maintain that the CRTs aren't the problem--it's the riders on them. I know this isn't popular to say, but let's face reality only a few of the CRT riders are truly MotoGP elite--the rest are obviously extraordinarily talented, but not at that level yet. I'd wager that if most of the CRT riders were on prototypes, they'd be battling with Abraham and Barbera--which is to say a couple seconds off the leaders pace.

So with that in mind, we approach the gap between the CRTs and the prototypes. Yes, there are performance differences between the bikes--but I think these gaps are amplified because of who is piloting the CRTs (save a few people). So in my opinion, the only true data we are getting on the CRTs are from Espargaro and De Puniet (ignoring the Edwards issues)--who at this track are 2-2.5 seconds off the pace--certainly not "in the way." I think if all the CRTs were on this pace, a lot of the criticisms would go away. But when you combine a bike performance gap with a ride

give CRT a chance - Unregistered

July 29, 2012 1:56 PM

.....But when you combine a bike performance gap with a rider performance gap--you get the 4-5 second gaps that Casey is talking about.

All that said, keep in mind, we're only halfway through the first season of CRTs. I think a 2 second gap is very reasonable--IF we could limit it to that.

MistaJangle - Unregistered

July 29, 2012 2:44 PM

Casey's comment is obviously aimed at the whole CRT rule/concept, it's not a personal attack against the rider's themselves. Not even a CS fan, but where the comment is directed is quite apparent...

there there now - Unregistered

July 29, 2012 3:01 PM


Exactly they can only ride them as fast as the bikes go after all Casey would be holding up all the prototypes as well if he was riding one, just like Randy who was a top six finisher on the satellite Honda.


July 29, 2012 3:21 PM

What a load of crap to any one that said casey and honda have to adapt to the crts, honda have spent massive amount of money and time to put the best package ( machine and rider ) out there to miss pole because of a bike 4 sec slower in there way, ok if it was a class rider or competitive bike you would have a point. but a random chicane inst fair

here we go - Unregistered

July 29, 2012 3:43 PM


honda have spent massive amount of money and time to put the best package ( machine and rider ) out there to miss pole

" Mr Gp " Who is Miss pole

" Mr Gp " Every other rider seems to be able to accommodate CRT'S, what makes him an exception.

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