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Imagine... an Open MotoGP class KR-Honda

Imagine if the 2006 Team Roberts Honda had been given the new Open MotoGP class advantages.
We said it when the CRT class was born, but now imagine what the likes of Team Roberts, WCM and even Ilmor may have achieved if the 2014 Open class existed when they were in MotoGP.

The Team Roberts example is the biggest 'what if'.

The Honda RCV-powered KR chassis, which Kenny Roberts Jr took to within 0.176s of victory at Estoril in 2006 (pictured), would be an exact fit for the new Open class.

The KR machine would therefore have been eligible for four litres more race fuel, seven more engine changes during the season and (assuming the split tyre choice continues in 2014) softer rear rubber compared to the Factory class bikes - which it instead faced on equal terms in 2006 and 2007.

Roberts Jr finished sixth overall in the 2006 World Championship, claiming two podiums, four front row starts and a fastest race lap - results that the top Open class rider would be delighted to achieve in 2014.

The only Open class disadvantage, in terms of the technical rules, is use of the control ECU software.

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January 30, 2014 7:59 AM

seems to me I remember Kenny almost winning in Estoril back in 2006 w/ the KR. Right now MotoGP only allows for one make to win per year, no matter how many CRTs/Open class bikes you pile in there, the same guys will always win, and token visits to parc ferme really are not all that great. control tires and traction control are ruining MotoGP. You can try to cover it with a CRT band aid, but the guy with the best R&D/TC/Support plus the ear/eyes of Bridgestone will win the series, and by a comfortable margin. The only question is, how comfortable are you watching people pretend to be slow in races to keep up appearances? One tire was never ever fair, and traction control just puts the emphasis on the riders with the most money/support with in the series/manufacturer.

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