MotoGP » Abraham, Cardion join CRT class for MotoGP 2013

"In spite of the fact that we had the option to continue with Ducati in 2013, we decided not to, and to give an opportunity to a new partner"

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September 14, 2012 5:57 PM

I can't believe that they chose CRT over a Ducati just because of the results. The money part must have been a more important reason.
"Both teams in 2011 moved into MotoGP with Ducati. Aspar pulled out of the deal after one year, however, and moved to ART-Aprilia." - Aspar moved to MotoGP in 2010, and spent two years with Ducati, as the Cardian team did. Abraham should know his collaboration partners better.
After the manufacturer rides it looks the CRT line-up is starting to take shape.

98t2g - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 6:23 PM

I don't think they really had a choice to stay with Ducati, and the ART really is the only way to go in the CRT class, unfortunately.

So, basically, the way things are going right now, in the near future we're going to see 4 Hondas, 4 Yamahas, 4 Ducatis and a bazillion ARTs ... maybe 2 Suzukis.

Lovely =S

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 6:27 PM

Aprilia should stop pussy footing around and bring a full spec Prototype to the MotoGp grid..and while there At it bring Biaggi with them..the paddock needs some charisma again.
Everyone knows they can build it,hopefully these ART bikes are just testing the waters for a full return by the Factory once Dorna figure out the ECU specs.

cruachan - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 6:48 PM

I think at some point soon WSBK will end up going down a similar road to BSB by limiting electronics to keep the costs down, and when they do hopefully Aprilia and BMW will go to MotoGP for real.

CRT is the place for Abraham though, he clearly isn't good enough for a prototype, and it was clear some months ago that Ducati wanted both their "satellite" bikes in one team for development purposes.

motogp fan - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 7:04 PM

I would certainly not part with a six figure sum to lease a ducati and would rather run a CRT team and give my sponsor the same audience as the ducati gets.
Pramac make generators amongst other similar stuff, not everyone knows this but everyone knows repsol is petrol and oil.
Its all money money money

chooch - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 7:50 PM

fastest ducati at times?! I don't think it counts when the others aren't moving. looks like his daddy just bought him another ride in the big boy class. he needs to go back to to moto 2 and try to be successful regularly there rather than keeping another bike in gp that won't do anything important. give that seat to someone that will actually make use of it.


September 14, 2012 7:57 PM
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Considering (for some bizarre reason) the rules say manufacturers can only supply a maximum of 4 bikes (2 factory, 2 customer) they had to go to CRT as soon as Pramac got the Ducati Jnr deal. So there will only ever be 12 prototypes in 2013 unless another manufacturer comes in. This odd rule was put in place to stop one manufacturer dominating with the most bikes but what it is doing is limiting prototypes and killing the series. CRTs don't help as they are off the pace. They really should go back to prototype engines and any chassis (factories can run their own bikes) but chassis makers like FTR, Kalex, Suter etc can supply chassis to customers who buy off the shelf Honda, Yamaha, Ducati etc engines. But to keep it fair, level and affordable a standard ECU and electronics package must be set.

Erik - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 8:40 PM

I don't think the Cardion team was a good fit for the Junior Team approach, and so Ducati's 4 prototypes were already spoken for.

As for Aprilia making a full prototype, I imagine they are using the ART program to hone their bike and test a few things before they decide if they want to make a bigger investment. It seems to be the best CRT bike by quite a margin though, so who knows where the program will be in 2-3 years. They may not need a prototype (or prototypes as we know them may be gone.)


September 14, 2012 9:07 PM

Cardion refused a new contract with Ducati after the 2nd or 3rd race, basically because of the pile off poo they were given, Ducati were trying to persuede them to stay. Search the net its on there, places like Motomatters.
Ducati could not decide the cost of leasing, why pay 3m for a crap Ducati when you can pay 1m for a crap Aprilia and be in about the same place.
This allows them to keep their very valuable grid slot on build again after a good first year.
REMEMBER he was fighting with Crutchlow at the last race of 11 for Rookie of the year right until the last lap on a bike clearly worse than Cals.

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