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Ioda Racing to develop own chassis with Aprilia engine for CRT

Danilo Petrucci, Ioda and Aprilia to form an all-Italian CRT MotoGP project?
By Barry Russell

Ioda Racing appear to have dropped their plan, reported only yesterday by Corriere dello Sport, to run a CRT MotoGP bike using a Suter frame with a BMW engine, according to El Blog del Mundial de Motociclismo, which picked the news up from rider Danilo Petrucci's Twitter timeline.

According to Petrucci, runner-up in the 2011 FIM Superstock Cup, Ioda will develop their own chassis and match it with an Aprilia engine. “First we were to use Suter BMW [but] we chose a chassis made by us and Aprilia,” he wrote.

While confirmation from team boss Giampiero Sacchi is awaited, the move would be consistent with Ioda's bold approach, which led them to develop their own Moto3 engine under the EMIR joint venture with Robby Motor Technology.

NGM Forward Racing's Colin Edwards is the only confirmed rider to use the Suter-BMW CRT MotoGP package, while the Aspar (Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro), Speed Master (Anthony West) and PBM (James Ellison) teams look set to run an Aprilia package. Gresini will use a Honda-powered FTR for Michele Pirro.

A total of nine (unnamed) CRT entries have been officially accepted by the Grand Prix Commission for the 2012 MotoGP season. These entries add to the twelve factory-built bikes, meaning MotoGP looks set for a grid of 21 riders this season.

Ioda Racing ran Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini on FTRs in Moto2 last year. Corsi finished sixth in the standings with two podiums, while former 250cc star Pasini was 24th.

Tagged as: Aprilia , Ioda , Danilo Petrucci

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over the moon - Unregistered

January 04, 2012 11:53 AM

To be honest, Shamarone.. I think MotoGP has had far too much in the way of factory involvement up to this point through the MSMA, who made the rules in the competition they always won. They had their chance to make the sport better but chose to turn it into a rolling R&D electronics exercise, under the red herring of safety and spurious trickle-down benefits, excluding competition along the way. On the whole, 800 has been antiseptic. I wish Carmello good luck with CRT and in his efforts to curb the MSMAs bring the spectacle and sporting aspect back to the fore again. The best riders controlling bikes with a throttle cable..not fly-by-wire gizmos that listen to a computer working-out how much fuel is available. Bikes that have too much power and not enough grip riding on whatever tyres they like. It's a brave new world..

over the moon - Unregistered

January 04, 2012 10:14 AM

Tmax.. The idea of the CRT concept is to make racing cheaper. Why are you crying foul against Aprilia? What's the point of all these teams paying different chassis suppliers to build and develop something that is already there? Under the rules the frame will have to be different from the SBK. How different is any ally twin-spar frame deign from the next in any case? The CRT bikes will not be leased but owned by the they can run them again next year with little extra hardware cost, or sell them on to invest in a new chassis if they so wish.

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