MotoGP » Gremlins limit track time for CRT teams at Sepang

Only Danilo Petrucci is able to put in some meaningful lap times on the first day of a special test for the CRT teams using the 'standard' ECU in 2013...

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February 04, 2013 7:57 AM

This is a thread about CRTs, so I'll try to stay on topic.
One of the bikes sharing the track with the CRTs this season will be Rossi's Yamaha. There are nice pictures of it on the GPone site.

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February 04, 2013 10:44 AM

@jasonlewis Thanks to Dorna introducing the CRT class, their bluff has been called and the MSMA (i.e. HRC) no longer gets to write the rules which suit it rather than the race teams and the fans. So Honda will be supplying customer bikes for sale next year and Yamaha will be supplying engines so that the CRT teams will be more competitive.


February 04, 2013 3:03 PM

HRC / Yam Factory team prototypes are WAY too expensive, fully sorted & well budgeted for ANYONE to get near them. Their clout see's it stays that way (Tier 1).
HRC/Yam Satellite bikes are fed just enough of the tech to keep them a pace or two behind so they cannot challenge the Works bikes but CAN compete with Ducati Works bikes. (Tier 2).
CRT bikes made sure there were enough bikes to make a grid in 2012. But they will always be well behind as they cannot hope to have the budgets or tech of the rest. (Tier 3).
The ONLY way to try to 'engineer' MotoGP into a truly competitive and fair series is to REDUCE THE TECH AND THE COSTS BY USING THE RULES TO OUTLAW THE REALLY EXPENSIVE AND EXCLUSIVE STUFF. Till then MotoGp is just a big expensive advertising platform for HRC & Yam to strut their stuff, NOT a race series.


February 04, 2013 11:55 PM

@TalentFan, well put!
Where does the mentality come from that makes some here think they can just throw some parts together and have a competitive bike? The Honda and Yamaha have taken years to evolve and millions of engineering dollars. Guaranteed Honda has spent more on their ECU (fuel, etc) than it takes to re-engineer and build 5 complete CRTs. Frames are a black art, too stiff or too flexible and it will pitch you off, just as Rainey. Not to mention the geometry, center of gravity, etc. They make changes in millimeters. It takes years to get a bike competitive. A bit more fuel isn't going to make up for the specially designed engine that a competitive MotoGP has.
And anyone who has written code knows good and well you just don't slap a few lines of code together and all is good. A good embedded system that contains all the functionality these things have, the number of lines of code could easily go into the hundreds of thousands. Not to mention the thousands of hours to debug.

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