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1000cc Suter laps below 800cc pace

1000cc CRT Suter laps well below 800cc MotoGP pace.
Monday's Mugello MotoGP test marked the first time that a 2012 CRT (privateer) bike has gone head-to-head with the present 800cc grand prix prototypes, in the hands of race riders.

The 1000cc BMW-powered Marc VDS Suter was ridden by former MotoGP rider - and present Marc VDS Moto2 racer - Mika Kallio.

The Suter's best lap time was 6.342sec from Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner and 4.3sec behind Hiroshi Aoyama's satellite Honda, the slowest of the 800cc machines.

Some of that can be attributed to Kallio's lack of experience on the bike and its level of development - but Kallio's best lap of 1min 53.668sec was still 0.3sec slower than Stefan Bradl in Sunday's (600cc) Moto2 race, underlining the size of the challenge facing CRT manufacturers.

The test was originally due to feature 1000cc factory bikes in the hands of MotoGP riders, but Yamaha, Honda and Ducati subsequently decided to wait until the Brno test in mid-August to show their speed.

CRT bikes will be allowed fuel and engine-change concessions to help compete with the (1000cc) factory prototypes next year.

The big question now is how fast will the factory 1000cc prototypes be. Even with the bore/stroke restrictions, not many expect them to be slower than the present 800s...

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Ex - Unregistered

July 05, 2011 9:33 AM

If they don't work out faster than superbikes then its the most pointless bunch ever. If you want a cheaper way to fill the grid, have a lottery with every spectator that turns up on their stock 1000cc bike with leathers, helmet and boots. javascript:insertTextCursor('comment',%20':)')

Dice - Unregistered

July 05, 2011 6:49 PM

Secondly, I kinda hope MotoGP under Dorna goes wheels up. They are like a corrupt government funded by Honda. Take the whole 800cc debacle. Honda wanted 800's, & sold (Spanish) Dorna on the idea that it would benefit the Spanish jockey riding for them. Being Spaniards, running a series where the top championship that was regularly won by a range of Aussies, Yanks & Rossi, they jumped at the chance. They made many mistakes - because they made decisions for the wrong reasons. Then it all began to fall apart. What did they do? Answer - look to the success of WSBK, & get into bed with Honda again, & we have a 600cc (Supersport!) championship with Honda engines. There was a chance to have a series with KTM, Aprilia, Yamaha, etc but we dont. Now we have 1000cc's (Superbike!) coming. They're trying to hijack the WSBK concept coz they wrecked theirs.

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