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Aspar team defends Aprilia CRT MotoGP bike

16 December 2011

Aspar team director Gino Borsoi has responded to criticism of the legitimacy of the Aprilia RSV4-based CRT machine, which looks set to be run by several teams in MotoGP next season.

Following Alex Hofmann and Randy de Puniet's appearances on a World Superbike specification RSV4 during tests at Valencia and Spain, speculation arose over the validity of the machine as a MotoGP entry, set to be raced under the new Claiming Rule Team (CRT) regulations in 2012.

And Borsoi has moved to clarify the inner-workings of the Aprilia venture in an interview with Spanish magazine Motociclismo in an effort to convince the doubters that Aspar is fully committed to adhering to the CRT regulations.

“I do not understand why people are complaining,” he said. “Many people when Moto2 started began working with a standard Honda and then made their [prototype] chassis.

“We are doing the same, neither more nor less. We had to start with something familiar to know what direction to take. We have to present a project to the Grand Prix Commission and they will decide if the bike is CRT or a factory bike.

“We will do everything within the rules. Furthermore, what distinguishes the concept of CRT or factory MotoGP is that the engine is not prototype, but derived from the bike you can buy on the street,” said Borsoi.

Borsoi added that the CRT bike's chassis could be made by Aprilia, an outside manufacturer or even the Aspar team itself and would be “owned by the team”.

The same chassis design is likely to used "for all CRT projects with [an] Aprilia engine because there is no time."

Aspar commenced its development work two months ago after opting to run two CRT machines in 2012 as opposed to the single Ducati the team fielded over the past two seasons.

At the Spanish tests the team experimented with the standard RSV4 chassis, using World Superbike regulation Pirelli tyres before changing to Bridgestones to ascertain the effect of MotoGP rubber on the chassis.

The information garnered will be used to build a prototype chassis for the MotoGP adaptation of the bike.

Critics have suggested the machine should be entered as a factory prototype given that Aprilia is providing the engine and electronics for the machine.

However, Borsoi told Motociclismo the complete project will be overseen exclusively by Aspar team members.

The team hopes to have the chassis prepared at the end of next month and intends to be ready to participate in the second official MotoGP test at Sepang in late February.

Prior to the official MotoGP shakedown, Aspar may further test the Aprilia World Superbike-spec machine at Valencia next week.

The team is not required to adhere to the winter testing ban as CRT machines are not yet legal for MotoGP racing.

de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro will race for Aspar in MotoGP next season.

Speedmaster, PBM and Ioda Racing are also tipped to use the 'Aprilia' CRT chassis.


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