MotoGP » Aspar aiming to retain de Puniet, Espargaro

“In MotoGP we would like to continue with the two riders we currently have in the team” – Jorge Martinez 'Aspar'.

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nomorecrt - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:04 PM

Cant crt engines use more exotic materials and all the hightech stuff to make it more competitive..The art is close to satellite ducati for now but i get a feeling ducati is going to improve next year with good riders overall and ducati committing to provide competitive bike even for satellite team...CRT are going to be left even more behind


September 24, 2012 3:06 PM

Unfortunately this just proves the point that even if you do well (in relation to others on similar equipment) you wont get an offer of a bike that can be competitive in the series.

You'll be stuck on a CRT fighting for 14th (if all the front boys stay upright) and that's your lot. If they wanted to add some Kudos to the CRT crap they should have guaranteed someone a decent bike for winning the CRT cup or whatever the f*** they call it.

I will be gutted if Tommy Hill or Alex Lowes ends up with PBM next year in this series as there is no progression...they'll just end up stuck as backmarkers.

Sad state of affairs...and if a little brain like mine can see the benefit of having a guaranteed "move up" into a better team then why can't Dorna? They do for Moto 2 ffs! it

diceman - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:19 PM

Moto2 is stil the main feeder for Motogp. Aleix Espargaro has done a fantastic job this year and is an up and coming rider he desreves the chance to step up to prototype machinery. It will put other quality riders off going to CRT if he isn't offered a satellite contract next year. Unfortunatley it doesn't look like there is anywhere for him to go.
I'm a big fan of De Puniet but he has already had his chance on the prototypes.

I HATE PPL - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:38 PM

diceman Aleix Espargaro has done a fantastic job this year and is an up and coming rider he desreves the chance to step up to prototype machinery.

He's already been on a proto a couple of years ago, and finished 14th overall. So CRT is where he should stay.

jordi - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:38 PM

Just for the record, Aleix Espargaro raced a prototype for Pramac Ducati in MotoGP in 2010 and part of 2009. He did OK overall.
I look forward for Honda producing the announced customer RC213V for 2014. That should be a way more attractive option than a CRT for any private team, and should provide a chance for a really good rider to do well enough to be considered for a factory or satellite bike (which is clearly not happening with the CRTs).


September 24, 2012 3:59 PM

@nomorecrt The CRT bikes are nowhere near the Ducatis on engine performance, it's handling that stymies the Ducati. But you are missing the point of CRT. It is not supposed to be competitive it is supposed to be an entry level class for chassis manufacturers to do things on the cheap and get experience in the class with a view to moving to full prototype status later.

It is open to any of the CRT teams to comply with full prototype rules, should they so choose. It seems the current engine rules for prototypes will expire at the end of 2014. As such it could be that the GPC are looking to come up with some new ruling, perhaps engine leasing to CRT teams at a capped price for 2015. Who knows?

diceman - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 4:23 PM

Yep your right. Sorry had a Brain Fart. Shouldn't try to comment on my luch break.
Ok main point blown to bits but........
I think still think It would be a shame if no CRT riders are offered a chance on the protoypes. If the wants to be taken seriously and recruit good riders it needs to be seen as a route to a full fat Motogp ride. Not somewhere to end up with your career on the slide

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