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CRT teams the future of MotoGP?

Intresting article on the future of CRT teams in MotoGP and the shot across the bow of the factory teams from Dorna aimed at loosening the series dependance on factory participation.
"Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta had to say on the subject. "This the main category of bikes in the future," Ezpeleta told reporters. "In two years' time, the majority of bikes will be CRT, and in the future, all bikes will be this way."

It was a covert declaration of war on the manufacturers, the MSMA members failing both to keep grid numbers up and to allow the satellite teams to be competitive. The cost of leasing a bike was now prohibitive - between 2.9 million and 4 million euros, depending on whom you listen to, lease prices being kept strictly confidential by the factories. The price of the Suter BMW machine is quoted as being around 1.5 million, and that is the most expensive of the CRT bikes currently on offer. With a bit of hard bargaining, a CRT team could run a two-rider team for the price of a one-rider satellite squad, and given the extra fuel, not be that much less competitive.

The CRT concept is hated by the purists in the paddock, some of the heavy hitters among both the teams and the media criticizing its hybrid ethic. However, the goal of the CRT machines is clear: create a situation where there are enough bikes on the grid that the series can survive a pullout by one or more of the manufacturers. Once that situation has been reached, such a pullout might even be created, with the MSMA having their monopoly on the technical regulations - or at least, the part that appertains to the CRT teams - taken away from them, a move that would amount to an ultimatum. From that point, the factories would either have to put up or shut up, but they would never have the power to hold the series to ransom again.

Dorna learned its lesson from the rule changes that came in throughout the four stroke era. The switch from the 990s to 800cc transformed the MotoGP series from the most exciting on the planet to a racing class that has serious competition from Formula One for excitement, whereas F1 was the automotive equivalent of watching paint dry not so very long ago. Dorna - not just Dorna, the FIM and IRTA too - have realized that they cannot rely on the manufacturers, as the manufacturers have their own goals and objectives in MotoGP. Providing exciting racing is not one of those objectives, and the CRT teams are the first step on the road to putting exciting racing back at the forefront of the public minds."

A supporting article that shows how on tighter/slower tracks the CRT teams 'MAY' have an equal footing with full factry teams due to the technical nature of the tracks.

"Misano is much tighter, with a lot of low-gear corners exiting onto the straights, meaning that neither the 800 nor the 1000 could use their horsepower to full effect. As a consequence, the extra mid-range of the 1000 largely went to waste. Even from the press room, sat above Misano's front straight, it was clear the 1000s were struggling to get the power down, the bikes wanting to wheelie all along the pit straight.

The small difference in times between the 1000s and the 800s rather validates Colin Edwards decision to join the NGM Forward team aboard a CRT machine. At Indianapolis, Edwards had said that while the CRT bikes would struggle at horsepower tracks like Brno and Mugello, there would be tight tracks like Laguna Seca and the Sachsenring where they would be much more able to hold their own. Given the fact that the times Lorenzo posted on Monday aboard the 1000 were pretty much identical to the times he was running in race trim during qualifying, Misano could be another track where the CRT bikes might be in with a chance."

So what do you guys think, Will CRT teams become the norm for MotoGP? If that happens does the series lose some of its lusture? Is there another solution? Would this still be a 'PROTOTYPE' series? Are the best riders on the best bikes or would WSBK be the 'better' series?
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Hard to say if this is a great thing or not. I like the CRT idea for the grid size only. Doesn't look like any of the manufacturers are going to build a killer app for this. GP is the truest form and not glorified WSBK. I hope this works out in a good way and not end up like AMA.

"For me, the problem is that big part of MotoGP riders now are pussies,"Rossi declared. "In the past, this is normal, the riders were more like real men. Now it is more like they are children."
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