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CRT rules explained

New details emerge of how the 2012 MotoGP 'Claiming Rule' will work...
An FIM announcement during last weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix gave further details on how the new-for-2012 MotoGP 'Claiming Rule Teams' will be governed.

The Claiming Rule Teams (CRTs) are a new initiative to help boost privateer entries in the MotoGP class, and coincides with the start of the new 1000cc engine rules.

The CRTs will compete alongside teams running factory-built prototypes - which currently comprise the entire 17-rider MotoGP grid - but with concessions in terms of fuel-tank capacity and engine changes to give them a fighting chance.

In order to avoid the abuse of such concessions, in other words to stop any undercover factory efforts, CRT status must first be approved by the Grand Prix Commission.

This is how the latest FIM rules, released at Estoril, define a Claiming Rule Team:

“Four stroke motorcycles participating in the MotoGP class must be prototypes. Those that are not entered by a member of MSMA [Manufacturers' Association] must be approved for participation by the Grand Prix Commission, and teams using such motorcycles may ask the Grand Prix Commission (GPC) for the “Claiming Rule Team” (CRT) status by December 31st of the year before the season they intend to race.

“Approval of CRT status is subject to unanimity among all the members of the GPC, and CRT status is given only for one year at a time. The CRT status is approved by unanimous decision of the GPC in order to ensure fair competition, and based on the same consideration it can be withdrawn at any time by a majority decision of the GPC members. In case of CRT status withdrawal the GPC will inform the team at least one race in advance of CRT status being withdrawn.

“The CRT status affects the requirements of engine durability [CRTs can use 12 engines per season instead of 6] and fuel tank capacity [CRTs have a fuel tank limit of 24 litres instead of 21].

“CRT's are subject to the Claiming Rule and must not represent any MSMA manufacturer, as defined solely by a GPC majority decision.”

That brings us to the 'Claiming Rule' itself. This is basically an attempt to further limit costs by forcing teams to allow rivals to buy their engine(s), should they wish to do so.

Tagged as: moto2 , 2012 , 125 , 1000cc , Claiming Rule Teams , CRT

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no_point - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 8:11 AM

This is bizarre, sattelite teams have no exceptions to the rules and CRT teams will?. In MotoGP if you don't have a Full Factory bike you don't stand a chance, this is yet another stupid bid to "make up the numbers" on the grid, great so we'll see positions 20-30 racing and jockying for position. Hooray for backmarkers that'll be lapped. Why don't they focus on making it cheaper for the factories to field MORE factory prototypes with top notch riders.


May 04, 2011 8:40 AM

@no point Totally agree, BMW and Aprilia Stated a year ago that the 81mm bore and 21 litre fuel rules were to restrictive for them to enter MotoGP. If they'd gone for something like 1000cc with a maximum engine RPM of 18,000 and unlimited fuel then we would probably have more factory involvement and even private engine builders supplying motors for teams. I've got a bad feeling we are going to be seeing a bunch of glorified WSB's lapping 2 to 3 seconds slower than a tiny bunch of MotoGP bikes.

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