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Gresini linked to Ten Kate engine

Gresini CRT MotoGP project to be powered by a Ten Kate engine?
Gresini Racing's CRT MotoGP bike could be powered by a Ten Kate-tuned Honda engine.

Gresini has already confirmed that it will run a CBR1000RR-powered FTR chassis for Michele Pirro under the new CRT MotoGP regulations, alongside a Honda RC213V for Alvaro Bautista.

But while FTR will be looking after the chassis development, Gresini needs a technical partner to supply, tune and maintain the engine.

Although Gresini has long links with Honda, direct manufacturer support is frowned upon for CRT, ruling out a HRC engine supply.

However an excellent alternative looks to have been found with reporting that a contract has been signed for Ten Kate Racing Products to supply the engine and electronics for the Gresini CRT project.

Ten Kate has long been Honda's leading team in the World Superbike Championship, taking the CBR1000RR to title glory with James Toseland in 2007. Ten Kate's Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea took two WSBK race wins this year, despite injury.

At present, Gresini is the only confirmed CRT entry to use a Honda engine.

Prior to Moto2, Gresini rider Pirro won a race for Ten Kate in the World Supersport Championship.

Tagged as: Pirro , Ten Kate , Gresini

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Yamapimp - Unregistered

December 27, 2011 11:44 AM

Whether it's factory involvement by Honda, aprilia etc is irrelavent as their power plants can still be purchased for the 20k or whatever the fee is. If they want to keep their ideas and technology secret then they enter as a factory team. Simples

Pedro Correia

December 27, 2011 11:57 AM

@ conspiracytheory Altough Ten Kate use HRC supplied CBR 1000 at WSBK, Ten Kate tune up their own engines and supllies also many other teams at Superbike, Supersport and Superstock level. Regulamentary technicalities apart, Gresini will be better served with a Ten Kate engina then "privateer" HRC Superbike power plant.

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