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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westside - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 10:00 PM

Lets not forget that in the good old days of full 2 stroke grids it wasn't uncommon for several riders to be lapped. This was a rarity last year with the CRT bikes. What's more, apart from the odd instance, all CRT bikes managed to qualify within the 107% (?) qualifying cut-off. Not too bad for the first year of the class and with no "A" list riders on board.

I for one am happy that the "class" exists and allows up and coming riders to experience motogp.

FFS - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 10:49 PM

RE: I for one am happy that the "class" exists and allows up and coming riders to experience motogp.
Posted by westside

How many of them did so because they brought backing with them?

Paddles - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 10:56 PM

I guess it's really easy for the armchair experts to have a very simplistic view on what Mr Ezpeleta's definition of "success" is, for many people maybe it only matters whether a "blue one" or a "red one" wins. I reckon he's absolutely correct, CRT is a massive success for the world championship and has probably saved it from itself. For 2013 half the grid is CRT's, you don't get much more of a success than that. What he needs to focus on now is bringing the prototypes back a couple of seconds a lap. Rather than try to take the CRT's up to the prototypes, it'll be way cheaper. Banning pneumatic valves and having a control ECU would be a good start.

Add Comment - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 11:12 PM

Its a bit sefish really, people who only ever watch racing on TV where six bikes would be plenty, complaining about bikes for back markers. At trackside its the more the merrier, i've seen some pretty amazing dices not to finish last !

WSBKer - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 11:53 PM

WSBK is a proven success Mr. Ezpeleta and you are trying to kill it to make your Uppity Show Motogp the real racing series regardless that it totally sucks.

Pay attention to WSBK this year Mr. Ezpeleta before you destroy it. You might learn a thing or two.


January 22, 2013 12:11 AM
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In defense of Ezpeleta, don't blame him for KR Proton, Suzuki, Kawasaki, or Aprilia leaving the grid, let alone BMW's reluctance to the join the sport. These teams left the sport because in the longterm the sport was too expensive and they it wasn't producing any returns for add the fact they weren't achieving podiums.

In the case of Ezpeleta and the CRT class, MotoGP is more than just a sport, but also a business. As a businessman Ezpeleta has the responsibility of keeping MotoGP both profitable and viable and the only to way to do that was to allow production bikes onto the grid. I'm quite sure deep down he wants to keep MotoGP prototype-only class, but in tough times it called for desperate measures and CRT's are were the way to. Trust me, but if this was NASCAR or F1 Brian France or Bernie Ecclestone would've done the same thing to also keep their respective championships viable.


The only reason why WSBK continue to be a success stand from the fact that tea

sik75 - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 12:12 AM

One of the reasons Stoner left. He could see the all-CRT grid coming, but before that happens the potential safety issue with running 2 classes of bikes in the same race. The manufacturers will soon realise they will make more money selling CRT spec bikes & engines, and what's the point of racing in a honda vs yamaha championship, they'll get more marketing value from CRT yamahas/hondas. This is Ezpeleta's goal, slowly squeeze out the full factory teams. They've got control of WSB, so they can change the rules there to keep the CRT GP a step ahead. The top riders will have no choice but be on a CRT.

Roman - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 12:16 AM

I think the CRT formula is great for the series. Too many short sighted knuckle draggers around these parts to see the end game I guess. Obviously they aren't going to compete with full protos at this point. Wait till the ecu regs are sorted and it will be well and truly on.

C'mon guys get your heads out of the...sand. It's time for change, stop fighting it. Unless of course you're content to watch Honda and Yamaha race each other for the rest of your lives.

Carmelo Saves!


January 22, 2013 12:44 AM


you said it right, sadly people seem to think there is some kind of conspiracy going on. What people don't get is that the CRT's is basically a response to the exit of several prominent factory teams in the past years literally leaving the gird with only 3 factory teams and their satellites. This is not good for the sport.

Personally I don't like the idea of production bikes competing with prototypes, but it was something that had to be done to save the sport in the long-term until things get bette. To that end you can't blame Ezpeleta for the current state of the sport.

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