Rossi: No problem riding CRT

Rossi supports the lower-spec MotoGP bikes in the wake of dwindling grid numbers

Posted: 29 November 2011
by Visordown News

THE new production-based CRT MotoGP bikes have come under criticism for cheapening the prototype aspect of the premier class, despite Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta acknowledging the category could be the future for the sport.

However, one supporter for the 1000cc CRT machines has emerged in Valentino Rossi. Speaking to Italian sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: “With the withdrawal of Suzuki, MotoGP will have only 12 bikes. It’s a little sad and it’s clear that we must use less expensive bikes and if this is the only way I wouldn’t have problems riding a CRT, although no one is excited by this.“

As highlighted by the Italian, the loss of Suzuki drops the numbers in MotoGP to only 12 bikes, but thanks to the addition of the CRT entries the grid size could be boosted up to a potential of 22 - up from the 17 bikes of last season.

CRTs are allowed to use production-based engines in a prototype chassis, Ezpeleta envisions that the series could see an increase in these machines and possibly an overall shift to this format, as a way to breathe life into the premier class.

Also in the interview Rossi again hinted towards retiring to four-wheels and rallying, especially after his stellar performance at the Monza Rally over the weekend. Finishing second to eight-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, the Italian said he was happy with his performance, in particular with beating Loeb in two stages, and added that he'll race in MotoGP for a few more years before switching to rallying.

Regarding the 2012 season ahead the seven-time MotoGP champion is hoping to be more competitive with the aluminium framed, 1000cc Desmosedici by as early as February.

Concluding 2011 and his wishes for next year, he said: "It's probably been, actually it's definitely been, the worst season of my career. What would I like Father Christmas to bring me? A competitive GP12."

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Well put. It's certainly not the prototype frenzy that we all want, but, it needs to be done.

Posted: 29/11/2011 at 16:47

There's a lot of editorial bias going on at the moment. I was reading in the supermarket yesterday a mag stating how Rossi is publicly opposed to it, Stoner said he's not sure he wants to be apart of it, Jeremy Burgess totally opposed to it, then other articles about how Dorna have totally lost the plot. Somehow I get the impression that mag has an opinion to bash. I think this Rossi quote is a bit more accurate.

Sure its a bit of a shame. But its obviously got to be another way or finally a situation where Honda have 3 prototype bikes on an otherwise empty grid and we'll see who wins.

Rossi's commitment to bikes is astonishing really. He must love it. He has nothing to prove and obviously is a good rally driver, which is a big money high profile sport, it's a wonder he doesnt go there now really.

Posted: 29/11/2011 at 21:44

I have over the past couple of days been wondering if VR would be quite so receptive to this if he'd not been the person he is (if that makes any sense). Would he still be "ok" to jump on a CRT bike if that was the only option open to him? I am fairly certain he would, beause as pyndman says, he just loves bikes.

Would be interesting though..

Posted: 30/11/2011 at 12:04

Not quite the same thing, but does anyone have any ideas about the reported "tirade" from Schwantz about Suzuki leaving MGP for the next couple of years...

Posted: 30/11/2011 at 14:47

of cause he wouldn't mind.. how much worse they will be then Duc?

besides JB will sort them out in no time as he will not have to fight Preziosi about changes. If anyone in GP paddock can make CRT competitive, it has to be Vale/Burgess team.

Posted: 30/11/2011 at 15:25

if that means no more Honda or Yamaha advantage over Ducati (especially with current Desmosedici level of competitivness) only a fool and idiot would insist that CRT is a bad idea. In fact it's the only way to ride around...Ducati problems. Maybe he takes lesson from Casey?;)

Posted: 30/11/2011 at 21:20

Sorry, I don't understand the above. What has the introduction of CRT got to do with what HRC Yamaha and Ducati do with their prototypes next year?

Posted: 01/12/2011 at 08:57

Ezpeleta said he want ASAP to switch all the motogp grid to CRT so no factory prototypes will be present even in 2013. Anything more unclear for Ya?

Posted: 01/12/2011 at 10:57

Pagik... Re Schwantz’s Suzuki tirade,

He certainly lays into Suzuki, and in particular Paul Denning, in his column over on Superbike Planet. He seems to blame Denning for the big S’s withdrawal, which doesn’t make much sense to me.

Posted: 01/12/2011 at 12:35

I could see Vale, if he wins with Ducati maybe looking into running his own CRT team and trying to get a CRT win, that'd give him a win on 125, 250, 500, 990, 800, 1000 (if he gets one) and CRT, that'd be quite a bit of motivation but it's down to how much longer he wants to put into bikes. I think if the CRT thing starts to work we could see more excitement in GP at the expense of not quite having edge of pants factory prototypes running around.

I saw the Suzuki rant. You'd expect Schwantz to have decent input to Suzuki but he kinda contradicts himself he says;

'I feel like he's taken what all of us who've ever been at Suzuki worked so hard for, and more or less just set it aside to go do something else, because this doesn't make good business sense to him any more.'

and goes onto say;

'It gives me almost two full years to try and figure out how to get my foot in the door in Suzuki, in front of the right people, to get the right decision made, so that hopefully when Suzuki does decide to come back into Grand Prix racing, that I can be someone that's at the helm, controlling things.'

If he didnt know the right 'people' at Suzuki in it's current state then how could he hand on heart lay the blame at Paul Dennings door?

Paul Denning said on twitter 'Thanks for supportive comments following @KevinSchwantz tirade re Suzuki GP withdrawal. Bit unfortunate - he has 100% NO IDEA what happened.'

At the end of the day, Suzuki is a business and Crescent is a business, both need to make money. If their venture wasn't making money then none of them could put into it. My only hope is that Suzuki come back to GP in 2014 with a CRT monster, i dont see a rule that prohibits a factory working with a raceteam to bring a bike to the grid, as long as their happy to get the odd engine claimed. Feel free to correct me though.

Posted: 01/12/2011 at 14:48

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