MotoGP » CRT MotoGP class 'a big success'

"If any of the top MotoGP riders would use a CRT, I don't know how big the difference would be" - Carmelo Ezpeleta.

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CRTurtle - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 4:23 PM

In what world does Ezpeleta live??

This is Nicky Hayden about CRTs (interview cycleworld):

"I would not ride a CRT. I don't really race for money, but you're going to have to pay a good rider to ride one of those things. They're breaking, they're slow. The best you're going to do is 12th and hope some guys crash? No way."

Jon M - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 4:31 PM

Not much love for the CRT's eh?

It's the first year for the class with riders who wouldn't podium even on a works HRC Honda, so what do people expect?
Look at Moto2. With the same engine they improved by nearly a second per lap on most tracks between 2011 and 2012- all through chassis development.

This year the CRT chassis will be better and they'll have the new extra soft rear Bridgestone which'll help, too. Remember that Eugene Laverty (not Michael!!!) on his Aprilia SBK was keeping up with Hayden on his GP13. If they could get just a bit more from the engines we could see the CRT bikes being a 1 to 1.25 second per lap quicker than last year and that would put the faster riders in the mid-pack.


January 21, 2013 5:02 PM

re: "Without CRT there would have been just twelve entries in last year's world championship"

(leaning in)

pssst, come closer, i'll let you in on a lil' secret...

(whispering) there were STILL only 12 entries in last years worl' championship. (/whispering)

Md Zane - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 5:18 PM

I think the guy needs to step out of the hospitality tents more often.
If the CRTs take a year on year improvment of 1 second like the moto2 guys did I see trouble ahead because they will just about be on par with the red team,OOOOPS.

CRT - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 5:38 PM

It is of course depending on your perspective.

Considering (last I looked) all CRT outfits are returning next year, with the potential growth of teams in 2014, I would call it a success.

The teams are in thier infancy. Dorna has realzed that the teams need a better tire option, which will help. Are they going to win races? Hell no, anyone expecting otherwise needs a straight jacket. Given time the bikes can do better however, concessions need to made to help them get there. It doesn't help that the CRT riders are the worst of the best (or worse).

People complain there's not enough bikes on the grid. Uncle Carmelo puts more bikes on the grid and people complain. Get real already.

Hope MM and the additional tire compound available only to the CRT's will help bridge the gap a little. Since Stoner is now retired I think it would be cool to have him lap the Gresini CRT bike during a race weekend and see where he puts it.

Kyunoske - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 5:49 PM

@Md Zane, you have to remember its easier to pass on the straights than in the corners. CRT are still down on hp. Remember when McWilliams qualified on pole at phillip island? He didn't win that race and never had a chance against the 4 strokes.

CRT will get faster, but like in F1 will Caterham ever compete with Red Bull, Ferrari, etc..Not a chance!

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