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Old 02-09-2012, 01:33 AM   #1
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CRT and WSBK...thoughts?

WSBK been niping at MotoGPs heals for some time. Of course that would have been to the 800cc bikes. But with margin to the CRT teams would a solid WSBK ride close that gap. How will they compare this season.

Here are some random thougts...

CRT are mostly new bikes and teams, compard to well established teams and developed bikes in WSBK.

In the name of expidency, the CRT rules could be swung so far as to overshoot the machinery diffences and begin to make up for rider and team expirence. Would this set the stage for a good WSBK team to jump over once they know the rules are in their favor to switch?

Where does CRT put Ducati? not be good to be making the bikes seen as the bottom factory machinery, means you're the target for the rule makers to adjust parity to.

What about a Ducati CRT team? I guess they would need to give back that extra displacment advantage they have in WSBK and sure a developed SBK engine package is worth more than 20K$, but who cares, as one of the factory teams they could buy back their engine and resell them in a special edition GP package.

here are some old posts comparing WSBK to MotoGP.
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MotoGP with and without CRT are prototype machines. While a CRT machine can be production based.. that's just the starting point. They will be the 3rd tier machines behind the satellite leased MotoGP machines.

A WSBK team could make the switch if their engineering expertise AND budget allowed it.

This experiment sorta reminds of of the days when Harris and ??? (some other guys) built 500cc 'privateer' bikes to fill the grid. They had no chance of winning, but hey, they were on the grid!

Reading some interviews with Ezpeleta, some of the reasoning makes sense. I've always been anti-factory teams BUT only in a production bike based series. I've always believed that MotoGP is the domain of factories..

The way I see it, go full factory, or full CRT. And to be honest, a full CRT grid would be pretty cool to see I think. Plenty of engineering firms out there that could/would develop a bike if they didn't have to compete against factories big budgets.
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