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CRT test schedule in Europe

All but one of the new CRT MotoGP teams to stay in Europe for 2012 pre-season testing?
The full 2012 MotoGP grid might not go head-to-head on track until the final pre-season test at Jerez in late March.

That's because, according to, all but one of the new category of privateer Claiming Rule Teams (CRTs) will confine its winter testing programme to Spanish tracks.

With the likely exception of Colin Edwards (Forward Racing Suter-BMW) the CRTs will therefore not go up against the twelve factory-built prototypes during the two Sepang tests, which start in Malaysia on January 31st and February 28th respectively. Both tests last for three days.

Instead reports that the remaining CRTs will test their Superbike-powered 1000cc bikes at Valencia on January 30-31, then Jerez from February 20-22, followed by Aragon from March 8-9.

Testing in Europe will be cheaper for the CRTs than travelling to Malaysia, but more risky in terms of bad weather.

The full 21-rider MotoGP line-up should then take to the track at Jerez from March 23-25, which is the last test prior to the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix on the weekend of April 8.

The CRTs will be allowed extra fuel (24 litres instead of 21) and engine changes (12 instead of 6) relative to the factory-built bikes this season. All machines will weigh at least 153kg, use four-cylinder engines and have a maximum cylinder bore of 81mm.

MSMA manufacturers have the right to purchase the engine of a CRT motorcycle for a fixed price of 20,000 euros, including gearbox/transmission, or 15,000 euros without.

2012 MotoGP (factory-built) riders:
Casey Stoner AUS Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing
Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team
Alvaro Bautista SPA Honda Gresini
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Yamaha Tech 3
Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Tech 3
Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team
Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing
Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP

2012 MotoGP CRT riders:
Colin Edwards USA Forward Racing (Suter)
Danilo Petrucci ITA Ioda Racing Project (Ioda)
Anthony West AUS Speed Master (ART)
Randy De Puniet FRA Aspar Team MotoGP (ART)
Aleix Espargaro SPA Aspar Team MotoGP (ART)
Ivan Silva SPA BQR (FTR)
Yonny Hernandez COL BQR (FTR)
Michele Pirro ITA Honda Gresini (FTR)
James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Racing (ART)

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January 19, 2012 8:28 AM

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Mick - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 7:59 AM

Circus, only 3 have no Motogp experience, only 1 has no prototype experience. Again how can you people know what these bikes are going to be like? they have had tiny developement, the new motogp bikes have had hundreds of laps developement in Japan before we see them. If you look at the release pictures these bikes are pure prototype with beautiful chasis(I dont know about the Aprilia). I will say again Motogp throughout history (yes it was around a long time before Rossi) have had to deal with backmarkers, look at when WCM got banned and they put a ROC and Sabre on the track, people applauded them trackside (that means actually going to a race). This will be a crossover year for GP and its great that we get the private chassis builders on board again they have been away too long.

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