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February 15, 2012 1:31 PM

MotoGP » Aleix Espargaro has faith in Aprilia CRT

I'm a fan of CRT which puts me in the minority in this site, but anyway... The other day someone disagreed when I said CRT will be faster than SBK. Of course they will! Carbon brakes, free choice of engine (including protoype, doesn't have to be production), bespoke chassis, better aerodynamics (doesn't have to conform to homologated roadbike shape) etc etc... These will fly by the end of the season. CRT will struggle at the slow tracks, where the bikes are on the side of the tyre and outright grip is required. They'll also suffer on corner exit due to less advanced electronics. BUT, on fast tracks like Qatar they've got 3l more fuel at their disposal, allowing the engines to be comparatively 'turned up'. So my prediction is a CRT bike will be in the top 6 through the speed trap come April 8th. 260bhp is a possibility!


February 13, 2012 2:08 PM

MotoGP » Which route should CRT take in MotoGP?

Fact 1: A CRT bike will be faster than a Superbike without a doubt. Fact 2: The engines will be more powerful, the chasis lighter & built for racing. Fact 3: An independent engine shop could make a purpose built race engine, as long as they will sell it for 20,000 euro. NOBODY said engines must be production based! Before the end of the season CRT bikes will be fast, they just need development time. Reducing electronics would cut costs and close the performance gap instantly. This season needs to happen to change MotoGP for the good and future proof it.


February 07, 2012 9:37 AM

MotoGP » HRC: 1000cc only unleashed in 5th and 6th gears

For years people were saying 'bring back the 500s!' or 'bring back the 990s!'. And I always wondered why when it's not the size of the engine which affects the show, it's the nature of the electronics. Moto2 offered awesome racing last year with just 125bhp and a control ecu/engine. 800cc and 225bhp is more than enough when you don't have variable GPS TC, anti-wheelie and all the other electronic aids! For me SBK should be 1000cc road derived, Moto2 should be 600cc road derived with protoype chassis (130bhp) and MotoGP should be 600cc prototype engine and chassis, 190bhp and 140kg. Now that would be pure GP racing!


February 02, 2012 11:37 AM

MotoGP » Sepang MotoGP test times - Thursday 5pm

Thanks, Rabcati, I was going to say the same. The 08, 09 and 2010 bike which Stoner ended up crashing everywhere just to keep it competitive. Yes, he still won races but he had to ride it twice as hard to do half as well as he did last year. Capirossi won races in 2007- in 08,09 and 2010 nobody but Stoner even came close to that! So Nick636. What's your point? Yes Stoner is faster than Rossi currently but to try and pretend that Rossi was the issue is crazy. The man has won on 125,250,500,990 and 800. He is nothing if not adaptable, but the Ducati was a dog.


February 02, 2012 10:36 AM

MotoGP » Sepang MotoGP test times - Thursday 5pm

There's a lot of rubbish on this thread. 1.) CRT bikes will close the gap to mip pack in no time. Expect Colin to halve the gap and De Puniet to follow. They'll be able to compete for a top ten by season end. All they need is development. 2.) Rossi did not ruin a championship winning bike. The 2007 Ducati had a steel frame, the better Bridgestone tyres & engine/engine management far in advance of the other bikes. 3.) Yes, Stoner is the fastest rider in the world currently bar none. But give it 5 years and even he'll get beaten... Nobody is fast forever- so give Rossi the respect he deserves.


February 01, 2012 9:57 AM

MotoGP » HRC boss talks CRT MotoGP

Ok, this is the coup: CRT bikes are way off the pace from prototype GP bikes, but we know this won't always be the case- Nakamoto explains that his test rider is only 1 second slower on a SBK v 800 GP bike. Seeing as CRT are allowed greater freedom than SBK bikes, expect to see that gap decrease... ..but as others have pointed out, it takes thousands of laps to fully develop a bike. Just look at BMW in WSBK! All that money, testing and development yet they're still off the pace. Look at Moto2- how much faster were they in 2011 v 2010? Lots! Bikes need development time, but given that, the CRT bikes will find pace and be viable competitors. I personally would like to see WSBK adopting BSB specs, they really do need to go back to basics and slash costs.


January 20, 2012 1:33 PM

MotoGP » Marco Simoncelli would have been 25 today

This won't make me popular, but I think people need to get some perspective on this. The death of Marco Simoncelli was tragic, both from a humanitarian perspective and from a sporting one. A 24 year old shouldn't be killed in sport, but it happens- and this risk is why people love the thrill of motorsport. But who remembers the other fallen riders? The men and women that have families & children. Plenty of people are killed everyday and I think we should take a moment to remember them, rather than jump on the celebrity loving band wagon. People are killed in war, crime, hate and all sorts of circumstances. Let Marco rest in peace and move on to caring about people whilst they're still alive, rather than just bitching about why someone elses favourite rider is gay/moaning/miserable etc


January 17, 2012 11:55 AM

MotoGP » 2012 Ducati MotoGP bike set for track debut

All this talk of Bayliss... ..everyone forgets poor old Loris! He had a great season in 2006 on the 990 and even in 2007 he had podiums and stood on the top step with the 800. (Yes, in 2007 when the Ducati was the fastest bike and had better tyres than Honda & Yamaha!) Stoner made miracles happen in 08,09 and 10 but in 2007 that Ducati with the trellis frame wasn't a bad bike, really...


January 06, 2012 1:44 PM

MotoGP » Petrucci, Ioda set for Aprilia CRT in MotoGP

Monty is right... ..even though his spelling/grammar isn't. Don't underestimate what an extra 3litres of petrol can do. Capirossi was more successful on the 2007 Duc than any rider after him- except for Stoner, of course. One of the things he struggled with was the way the engine behaved off the throttle in fuel saving mode. A limited CRT budget engine with an extra 3l of fuel WILL be faster and easier to ride (over race distance)than a factory engine on 21l. Of this I'm sure. An inspired chassis design could potentially rival a factory bike, so the main area it'll lose out is electronics. If they could tighten the electronics regs (basic TC, similar to road tech) the a CRT bike could definitely be a budget contender.

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