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Pedrosa doesn't want to race a CRT

Dani Pedrosa voices his opinions on the CRT changes coming to MotoGP.
By Lisa Crouch

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has entered the CRT debate after being asked his views on the subject during an interview for Spanish news site

Commenting on the new 1000cc production-based bikes the number 26 said: "The whole package is inferior to that of the current MotoGPs, not just the motor but the components such as tyres, brakes, suspension are all worse. The CRTs will field riders, with exceptions such as Edwards and de Puniet , with very little experience."

The Spaniard did show some positivity towards the changes, adding "I think that the differences in 2012 on times will be considerable, but you have to believe in the category: Moto2 was a good change, Moto3 looks promising, it may be the same for the CRTs."

But when it came to the possibility of having to ride a CRT-type bike in 2013, when new cost-cutting rules are predicted to come into force, Pedrosa was less enthusiastic.

”However, I wouldn't be happy to ride one in the future, it would be a step backwards for me since I've been racing the fastest prototypes in the world and I don't know if they would be as fun as MotoGP's”

Pedrosa becomes the latest to voice his opinion on MotoGP's CRT future after Valentino Rossi said it was a necessary change for the future of the sport, while Casey Stoner has warned it would “take everything out of the racing” and possibly be enough to make him quit.

Jorge Lorenzo offered his thoughts on the matter in early November to Spanish news agency EFE, saying that reducing costs in times of financial crisis and reducing speeds, thereby increasing rider safety were positives and a good way to increase grid sizes.

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mike hunt - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 7:29 AM

He isn't going to win that much on the factory 1000cc Honda either, as he's too fragile. In addition how humiliated much be be that Stoner can come in and win the championship at his first attempt. Something Pedrosa couldn't do over 5 years on a bike Honda designed for him. If it weren't for Repsol sponsoring the team Pedrosa would have lost his place. He should have gone and Honda kept Dovizioso...

plan4 - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 6:04 AM

The move to CRT is bigger than any one rider. There may be a return to large grids of pure prototypes, but not in this economic climate. Pedrosa and Stoner can moan about it all they like, but it's not like they have better options! It would be another matter if the racing in MotoGP wasn't so damn boring as it stands. As it is, I welcome any change that might make the racing better. "Also he and JB have taken the Ducati, the most succesfull bike of the 800cc era, and made its worse!" The Ducati isn't the most successful bike of the era by any measure. Yamaha holds that distinction with more wins, constructor championships and rider titles.

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