MotoGP » 2014 Yamaha MotoGP engine lease 'likely'

"Most likely we will lease engines to additional teams so the target being that Yamaha and Honda can contribute to having a more competitive grid" – Lin Jarvis, Yamaha.

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March 23, 2013 9:14 AM

So production engine based CRTs are going bye-bye after this season is done? Let's hope so. Only 1 team build has shown any hope, and Aprilia needs to think seriously about either a production racer, which is basically what RDP & AEsp have, or go all in like I hope Suzuki does. This year will be great & next year maybe even better?


March 23, 2013 11:07 AM

Thinking back to when CRT intentions were announced it sounded like this is what was intended from the beginning rather than how it has actually panned out, so hopefully this is a move in the right direction.
Just need ducati to pull out at the end of 2013 so so suzuki can come back in and a few more sat/private teams make proper use of the available grid places with these engines.


March 23, 2013 1:50 PM
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re: "However some feel the class-leading Aprilia ART is not in the spirit of the CRT rules - being a complete bike from a mainstream manufacturer."

it isn't, nobody's saying it 'cept me, but they're being thrown a bone to keep them out of receivership. their 250 and 125 2-smokes were the stuff of legends, and as a result they enjoyed a fairly durable revenue stream. the kind of revenue stream a company comes to depend on.

well, until the dikk move of removing oil burners from competition :(. still wondering what part of "off-highway" and "closed course" do they not understand...?


March 23, 2013 2:52 PM

re: "In order to approach MotoGP pace, the CRTs receive concessions in terms of fuel limit and engine changes, but most remain a clear step behind the full prototypes."

of course, s1's only said this from the beginning. billet cases...? counter rotating cranks...? nitrogen fired valves...? million buck gearboxes...? electro-mech clutches...? these are EXPONENTIAL steps ahead of $15k production kit. in what world (ie. laymen's) were these things ever going to match pace...?

breaking news: CRT's can't one-up factory chassis, anymore than they can one-up factory engines... so it would seem many a person have allowed themselves to be "suckered" by the recent era of those ridiculous biker build shows. :( in the world of MotoGP, goliath hands david his A$$.

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March 23, 2013 3:26 PM

I think we will see most crt teams go with the Honda cut-price version of its RC213V, basically a replica, doubtfull it will have the seamless transmission, but you own it.. and it will be way more competitive then any crt out there... same goes for Yamaha tho its a lease stuffed in a suter frame will still be faster. but the good thing, is this will put an end to the current non competive version of crt's soon.

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