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February 15, 2012 12:08 AM
Last Edited 1460 days ago

MotoGP » Aleix Espargaro has faith in Aprilia CRT

The problem here is Aprilia are taking advantage of the 'ad hock' rules for CRT bikes. Here's a prediction for you - if Aprilia finds their current G.P. bike can finish well within the top 10 at slower tracks (by the end of the year), then we will see a limited edition RSV1000RR released featuring an 81mm bore, pneumatic valves and maybe magnesium cases for some astronomical sum of money. Of course you will be able to buy just the engine(without clutch, gearbox or electronics) for exactly 20,000 Euros


January 27, 2012 2:26 AM

MotoGP » Rossi 'belittling' title win, says Stoner

Makes me wonder where this story comes from An interview with the "hate the media and total recluse" Stoner over the Christmas/New year period (when even the Aussie media can't find him) by a sensationalistic Italian motorcycle mag that he would never have anything to do with.... Suspect it's bullsh*t old story from the end of last year or it's made up....probably the latter


December 10, 2011 12:17 AM

MotoGP » Melissa Paris - Q&A

You guys are missing the point here, It's the fact they gave her a full tank and said "go"....a hell of a lot better than the 5 lap "journalist" special. Assuming she'd get somewhere between 25 to 30 laps at her pace, then she could relax and just ease into it. A really good thing for building confidence. Jeremy Burgess reckoned one of the best things he did for testing with Mick Doohan was on the first run of the test, he would tell Mick to "go out and do some wheelies on it till we set up" ....his theory was is the riders are having fun, they will go fast.


November 20, 2011 1:01 AM
Last Edited 1547 days ago

MotoGP » Aprilia to supply full CRT MotoGP bike?

I can see Aprilia being very clever here and using Dorna's own rules against them. Lets say that they decide to sell a limited edition RSV4 with Gear driven cams(which they already have), an 81mm bore(only 2mm bigger than they have now) and pneumatic valves (don't laugh, Kawasaki were talking about a ZX10 with air valves).....the engine is, of course available over the counter for anyone guessed it 20,000 euro!! While you're at the Aprilia shop you may as well pick up a complete MotoGP rolling chassis. No factory will claim a motor they can buy over the counter, the above engine can make competitive horsepower especially with the extra engines and fuel allowed for a CRT bike. If you had a team running this engine in an Aprilia frame with cutting edge electronics(which are not 'claimable') and a great rider, Aprilia could have bikes in the top 5 without actually being in MotoGP...... I can see Honda, Yamaha and Ducati not being terribly happy about this


November 20, 2011 12:13 AM

MotoGP » Suzuki makes MotoGP exit official

I reckon this is Suzuki sugar coating the fact that the rules for MotoGP are to restrictive. This is a very oriental way (by using a lesser reason to cover up the real reason) of protest. Dorna has always wanted more European factory involvement with MotoGP, but when they floated the 81mm bore rule(with the max 19 litres of fuel) both BMW and Aprilia rejected it outright saying it was way to restrictive for a development class of did Dorna listen to the 2 factories they really wanted in?, no...they went ahead anyway and this is the less factory involved with Ducati possibly joining them at the end of next year. An engineer suggested 1000cc, max revs 17,000, unlimited fuel and adjusting the frontal area of the bike to limit top speed.....far more sensible

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