MotoGP » Abraham Sr: CRT not a step backwards

“The transition from prototype is not a step backwards but rather a side-step" - Karel Abraham Sr.

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January 28, 2013 2:03 PM

KA had a torrid time on the 2012 Ducati, and always maintained that the old bike he had the previous year was a much better machine.
Given that the Satellite Dukes were as off-the-pace against other Sat bikes by Yam / HRC as factory Ducati was behind Factory HRC / Yam, then Cardion were on a hiding to nothing as it was.

CRT gives Karel a fair chance against very good riders like RDP & Espagaro and a chance to prove his ability.

I'm a fan of CRT if adopted throughout MotoGP - a good way to level the playing field, increase competition, reduce costs and remove VERY expensive technology that just makes it impossible for more than a fraction of the field to have a hope in hell.

mike - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 2:10 PM

It's a good move when you consider that Espeleta has said that any new factory entries would have to be through existing teams - i.e team AB will end up with either a factory bike in 2015 or a load of cash for selling the team to a.n.other......


January 28, 2013 2:30 PM

@ mike

All the recent statements and manoeuvring suggests to me that Ezpeleta is doing all he can to try and release the stranglehold the Manufacturer's have over MotoGP, as he knows that their manipulation is killing the reason for MotoGP - which is to be THE premier motorcycle RACING series, not to be the premier demonstration event for Yam & HRC.

I just wish bike-racing fans would actually get realistic and also really LOOK at the state of MotoGP and why there are only 2 Mfrs / 4 bikes capable of challenging for a WC. The 2nd class (Sat bikes) are controlled by the guys running the front 4 - so really they aren't even in the same event.

If Ezpeleta cannot regain control and oust the factory's from power in MotoGP, then the Mfr's will see it killed off anyway with their manipulation of the outcome.


January 28, 2013 2:35 PM

They need to either add a decent dose of hp to the CRTs, or run them as a separate category until they can. Last year they were just mobile chicanes at the end of the races for the guys on japanese factory bikes.

Maybe let them run a low boost turbo, or a nitrous cylinder with a 10 shot capacity, and usage rules like F1 has for DRS... a few seconds with an extra 50 hp on tap ought to add to the mix...

Back to 2013 - go Karel. I wish my Dad was rich!


January 28, 2013 2:44 PM

@TalentFan the last time the championship was open was in the 1950s. Since then, there's rarely been more than a couple of manufacturers capable of winning.

We've had some great racing all the same.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 4:14 PM

Karel will be able to compare himself with better riders on equal machinery instead of being a back marker on a poor bike/tire combo. If its cheaper it will be a step forward given he will be able to achieve 'creditable' results. Think his last race in Valencia was pretty good too, even though that was pretty much a lottery race.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 4:19 PM

BTW, if you really want to save MotoGP, put them on mass produced slicks. It will slow down the bikes, but it would allow people real choice instead of the controlled outcomes that you see today. Mandate both class of slicks for both WSBK and MotoGP. And guess what, you will see the carbon brakes go bye bye, because the amount of load carbon brakes can put in to a tire is much more significant over the course of a race. Nix Electronics in MotoGP and allow OEM aids and you would get closer to 'pure' racing. Just have to control production of the tires to make sure they are 'to spec.'

prof-x - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 4:20 PM

oem aids = wsbk.

Personally though, I think guys like Repsol and the other major sponsors like having their guys win much more than having honest racing. Money has that effect ya know.

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