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February 15, 2012 6:05 AM
Last Edited 1539 days ago

MotoGP » Aleix Espargaro has faith in Aprilia CRT

@Rawdawg Yes your comments are correct, the point I'm trying to make is if Aprilia makes the "claimable" part of the engine available to anyone, then what's the point of a manufacturer claiming it?. If there are no 'structural' changes to the race engine apart from metal being removed or added compared to the stock engine then there would be nothing gained by buying it. If you have a well designed race engine with let's say gear driven cams, air valves and 16,000 rpm plus rev limit, then competitive horsepower will be achievable. Fit that motor to a road bike with low comp pistons and soft cams and you've just nullified the CRT rule (baring in mind your 'claimed' engine does not come with electronics or airbox where a lot of the tricky stuff is)


February 15, 2012 12:08 AM
Last Edited 1539 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 1626 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

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