MotoGP » Pirro: Ducati test role better than CRT option

'Riding a MotoGP bike is the goal of every rider and doing it for Ducati makes it even more special' - Michele Pirro

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Dean Dean

December 07, 2012 7:40 PM

If the ART carried the fuel it was designed for, and a couple more engines, you'd see something that the factories don't ever want to see...something that challenges their sat spec bikes, and on the CHEAP !!

You guys can carry on and on about how poor the CRT's are but remember a few years time you'll see them on track days, something you'll never see with a true prototype...nope, not for 'sensible' money you won't, not unless you can afford an ex factory Ducati for say should be thankful, and you'll marvel at me...

He will be busy - Unregistered

December 07, 2012 8:46 PM

He certainly won't lack for work. Rossi pretty much destroyed the Ducati. Took a winning bike, last three races in succession and duly "developed" it into a slow joke...that he got lapped on...and flogged by the CRTs.....and satellite bikes.


December 07, 2012 9:09 PM

I've been saying it since the end of the season, but I thought Pirro deserved to keep his ride. Now we all know that it was his choice to take this option. Glad he is happy with his choice, cause I think he has a lot of talent and showed that at various times this year. Like everyone else has said, it shows how bad a CRT is when someone takes a test role with the opportunity to race a couple times over a full time race position with a CRT.


December 07, 2012 9:11 PM

He will be busy-I've often wondered what would have happened had they taken some input from Hayden. Does anyone else remember when they were testing two engines and Hayden preferred the one and Rossi the other? Wonder what could have come from the other engine....


December 08, 2012 12:25 AM

Recently you saw the MotoGP Ducati struggle to outperform WSBK bikes on the same track. Logic says that CRT should be and will be much faster than WSBK. Same engines with more "go fast" mods. Better brakes. Better chassis. Lighter weight. All of this anti CRT after their first year is premature. Moto2 has got faster over the years. CRT will get faster and end up a tiny percentage behind full prototypes as their designs mature. There is nothing in the regulations to prevent that.

look at his comments - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:31 AM

I love the classic internet sensationalism...

I don't think his comments were meant to crap on the CRTs nearly as much as people are reading into it...

I think it has to do with the position Pirro is now, he needs to prove himself as a GP rider, so he can stay in the paddock. That is, he needs to show he has the speed of the bulk of the GP field.

Onto CRTs...We all know that in terms of raw numbers, the top CRT bikes actually aren't really that far from the prototypes, BUT we also know we are similarly a couple of years away from getting close racing with CRTs and prototypes on track. Should Pirro spend these next couple of years developing a CRT, chances are he may not make it long enough to reap the rewards down the line. So given that reality, he knows its in his best interest to ride a bike that can show that he has the speed to keep up with the GP boys. Right now.

But that doesn't mean that *all* the CRTs are dogs--or that he dislikes them--but ridin

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