'CRTs future for MotoGP', says Gardner

Can Claiming Rule Teams solve the poor grid issues in MotoGP?

Posted: 28 October 2011
by Visordown News

MOTOGP'S grid looks set to increase next season thanks in part to the addition of the new Claiming Rule Teams.

Dorna are looking at the production-based CRT bikes as the future of the sport, which is something the 1987 500GP champion, Waybe Gardner agrees upon. Harking back to days when the GP grid was filled with factory entries alongside numerous privateer outfits.

Dorna have said CRT is the future of the sport and, although I’m not quite sure how it will all play out, I think I have to agree.” said Gardner in his website column. “If it means reducing the power of the manufacturers in the process, so be it. MotoGP needs an idea that will put more affordable bikes on the grid and improve the entertainment value of the package.”

He revealed that one manufacter strongly opposes Dorna on the introduction of the new rules, but realised that MotoGP needs smart marketing to boost grid numbers - especially considering the sorry state of only 10 finishers at Phillip Island, questioning why any potential sponsors could get excited about that.

In reality, it’s the factories that instigated the move to four-strokes, massively increasing the costs for everybody involved. And it’s the factories that are imposing massive leasing prices on satellite teams, which is a major factor in declining grid numbers. As a result, MotoGP is now unaffordable for just about everyone.”

“The problem is that for many years, it’s been engineers, not marketing people, making all the key decisions. Engineers don’t care if racing is entertaining or not. They don’t care if it’s boring, or if no one tunes in to watch on TV. They just want to develop their technology and win races.”

Gardner also ponders on whether the introduction of CRTs will bring around a return of the GP fields from the 80s, using the example of 1985 when Honda ran one factory NSR500 for Freddie Spencer and Yamaha two YZRs for Eddie Lawson and Raymond Roche – whereas the rest of the grid were made up of competitive privateer machines like the Honda triples and Suzuki RGs.

Carmelo Ezpeleta has envisioned that in years to come, the production-based CRT machines will make up the majority of the grid.

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"Dorna have said CRT is the future of the sport"

If I have not bothered to watch one of those world superbike
I mean showroom bike races what makes dOrna think I will watch
streetbike motors in a fancy chassis? What happened to the one
off GP bikes? Where is the next NR500 going to come from?

You will see me at a lot more Flat Track races next year!

Posted: 28/10/2011 at 15:10

Those "showroom bike races" produced the best races all year by a country mile.

Don't be so ignorant pat

Posted: 30/10/2011 at 10:11

Gardner offers excellent analys of GP racing. All this stuff sites like this get their info from is from gardners own website, which he writes after every GP race. Im surprised he's not consulted more often.

His comment about factories dictating terms and not giving a dam about the spectacle is pretty interesting, and the high cost of the sport is having its negative affects, that's for sure.

Posted: 31/10/2011 at 01:51

Prototype racing is a VERY expensive thing to do. Doesn't mean it should stop altogether. I love the whacky stuff that HRC et all have come up with. Love the whole engineering side of it. I think that CRT will help, but, it's gonna take a couple of years to get anywhere NEAR the factory bikes..

2 races within a race............hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Posted: 31/10/2011 at 11:32

Proto type racing is what GP is all about and should always exist. But it's interesting that it used to be only a few factory bikes of true prototypes. You'd have to think thats where it would have to return to.

IMO Superbikes should get back to real street bikes as well. The insane expense of those things is ridiculous as well, especially when they dont really resemble a stock bike at all after mods.

Simon Crafar was saying how Doohan and Foggy got their starts from wild card rides on cheap bikes that could compete and thats all gone with this current high cost structure. They all got carried away with the big profits of economic boom times but it aint sustainable now is it?

Basically I reckon Superbikes should be more like superstock, and GP should be a few ultra expensive prototypes and the hotted up superbikes. No restrictions.

Posted: 01/11/2011 at 01:52

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