MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: CRT tyre debut 'overwhelmingly positive'

“We may see at tighter circuits such as Jerez and Laguna Seca that the CRT riders can take another step towards the works bikes in terms of lap time”

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Ed - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 1:18 PM

If next year at least a decent satellite ride (i.e. non Ducati) doesn't go Aleix's way then there's no hope in hell for CRT riders to ever make the move into the 'real' MotoGP class.

The guy has absolutely outclassed the entire CRT group and even a few of the factory rides...

Now I too am tired of Spanish riders getting all the good seats but his man deserves his shot. If I'm Tech3 I ditch that British dude who's done NOTHING so far and put Spargaro there instead. And next year, when he's young brother graduates from Moto2 and Carl moves to the Factory Yamaha, the team could have both brothers running together.


April 25, 2013 2:30 PM

I knew Aleix Espargaro was good but I never knew he was this good. He fully deserves a prototype bike next season.

Could you imagine MotoGP about 5 years down the line when Rossi has gone & possibly Pedrosa & Lorenzo aren't there anymore and you have the two Marquez brothers on Repsol Hondas Against the Espargaro brothers on the Factory Yamahas. I too am sick of the Spanish winning everything but that would be cool!

coffee - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 5:37 PM

true that Espargaro deserves a better ride but the Aprillis as good as it gets for CRT's for now, I would love too see him on a sattelite Honda... but then where is his brother Pol gona go?

Next year theres gona be big changes for the CRT's with Honda supplying 5 production prototypes, and Yamaha supplying motors, and lets not forget Suzuki will be looking for a pilot to man their return to motogp and thats a full factory ride.

Alex just needs to continue impressing everyone this year like Cal is doing, Cal desperately wants a factory ride (why change when he's doing so good idk) but that seat will open up before Smiths, as I see Cal on a Honda sattelite next year, but all this is way to early to speculate...


April 25, 2013 6:45 PM

From most of the comments it's clear that there are just not enough factory rides for all the good riders in MotoGP. The goal for Dorna and the FIM should be not to level the field so much as enlarge it to contain more competitive manufacturer rides. Not easy for sure but if MotoGP is to mantain itself, let alone grow, this is a necessary goal. It's apparent that Dorna have the continuing support of Bridgestone, which should help.


April 25, 2013 7:13 PM

@ nealio The thing is - factory prototypes demand the sort of money that isn't there. Anyway - the Japanese full factory bikes use pneumatic valve engines while the CRT's and new Honda motors will not.

Espagaro alone proves that a much cheaper engine and motorcycle can be fast and provide the potential for excellent racing. Ezpeleta has been trying to point out that a grid-full of bikes like Espagaro rides could be great - fill grids, attract teams and sponsors, and competitive racing.

We should all be happy for the field to lap a couple of seconds slower in order to achieve this. A sensible rev limit, banned pneumatics and restricted software and sensors would make the series more affordable and more competitive IMO.


April 26, 2013 3:56 AM
Last Edited 1099 days ago

With Yamaha supplying engines, Honda introducing their Production Racer and Suzuki poised for a return, will there really be CRTs? It's doubtful anyone will be able to "claim" an M1 engine. I hope this all comes to pass. CRT was a nice experiment for Esp & RDP, but the others performed much farther from the prototypes. Aprilia should up it a bit & try to be there FOR REAL when Suzi comes back. 4 prototypes per manufacturer, including Aprilia and Suzi would equal 20 bikes. Add 4 HRC Prod. Racers & 2 Yamaha M1 engine leases would bring the field up to 26!!! One can dream I suppose.

gar - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 6:59 AM

if ever there was proof that the single tire rule is part of the reason that racing isnt what it used to be this is it. think if ducati were the only team running dunlops so they were getting tires suited to there bike rather then trying suit the bike to the tires

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