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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wosit - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 2:43 AM

@bikenut - I thought that
'amassing the most points
possible by the end of the
season' was the idea, although
it's clearly not that simple.
Was it boring?..Perhaps we
should ask Jorge?
Posted by wosi..
yess,Wosi,definetely will.
U could also ask how jubilant Nicky felt once he saw Rossi fall at the last round at Valencia 2006 that he might be thinking how amateur this Rossi was for taking it hot too early instead of being composed for securing required points to outscore himself(NH)to clinch his,Rossi's,next title....Bloody more on!

jfc1 - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 4:03 AM

It's not just the hardware, it's the engineering and the paychecks. The factories just bring a bigger warchest to the races. This guy is going to do better riding as a test-rider for a factory than he's going to do riding as both a test-rider and a racer for a CRT outfit. How is this even debatable? Would you rather be a factory test-rider or a privateer racer? Gee I can't imagine how this would be a hard choice. The test-rider gets paid to test various hardware and occasionally gets to actually race, while the racer has to try to win on one particular configuration, on one particular track, every race-weekend, rain or shine. Plus do development-testing. Now throw in that one is a factory tester and the other is a privateer racer. This is a no-brainer. It's like being the first-alternate for Shuttle commander vs trying to build and fly your own shuttle from commercially-available parts.


December 08, 2012 5:20 AM
Last Edited 969 days ago

Let's hope the Honda "Production Racer" is more competitive than the Aprilia CRT bikes, as well as Yamaha going forward with M1 engine leases. Of course these machines most likely will never see a "W", but perhaps with the right rider/machine/team combination, upset podiums maybe? Anyways, test piloting an Italian prototype def seems more attractive to my eyes than running around at the back of the pack on a hobbled SBK platform.


December 08, 2012 5:42 AM

As stated earlier, "He must be getting paid rather well...", I agree. Especially since they no longer have to pay such a hefty salary to unarguably the best rider who ever raced, who is currently still lining up on the grid. I'm a Vale fan & feel his pay was justified. Just look at some of the football/baseball/basketball contracts that are made. These multimillion $ contracts are usually based on performances made in college level events prior to proving themselves. Rossi has won in the big leagues 7x, or even 9x if you'd like to be picky. Anyways, Ducati gained $$$ in sales having had him on board & now they're paying peanuts. They have plenty of cash & even more tools at their disposal now with Audi. Hope they improve, for the sake of the class.


December 08, 2012 5:48 AM

@ WylieCoyote,

They start as the same engines, but SBK rebuilds their engines several times. Someone said 25-35 engine rebuilds on a dozen engines or more. Plus, CRTs have to use the Bridgestone rubber, where SBK runs Pirelli. I wonder how much $$$ a factory supported SBK teams spend compared to say the DePunet/Espargaro Aprilia team?


December 08, 2012 6:33 AM

Let me think....

Being paid to ride a factory motogp bike full time testing and at least three race entries...
Paying for your ride on a CRT and being unable to show what you are capable off because the gap in CRT to Factory bikes is currently to big.

Doh! I know which one I would take.


December 08, 2012 6:38 AM

Grendelhop: Let's hope the Honda "Production Racer" is more competitive than the Aprilia CRT bikes, as well as Yamaha going forward with M1 engine leases...

So these Faux factory engined bikes get to use twice as many engines in a year and, more fuel....

Hmmmm.... Me thinks the CRT frame makers are begging to get there hands on these engines. Let alone a 1 year old factory chassis with these 'CRT' engines in them! With the dispensation for fuel and engines, a config like this could give a factory bike a run for its money.

No wonder Honda wants to build RC213Vs for everyone, cause if they gave out motors they might get there own butts handed to them!


December 08, 2012 9:28 AM
Last Edited 969 days ago

We will see what he says when Depuniet and Espargaro dive underneath him.

However reporting terribly taken out of context again, if someone would have posted something like this headline in a thread crash would have removed it for trolling. Copy and Paste from GPone journo.

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