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Matthew Birt  says:

21 bikes on 2012 MotoGP grid

At least 21 bikes, including nine 1000cc machines featuring tuned production-based engines with prototype chassis, will contest the 2012 MotoGP world championship. Next year’s grid will be made up of 12 prototype machines entered by Honda, Yamaha and Ducati, while the rest of the line-up will be completed by CRT machinery, including the Suter/BMW to be ridden by Colin Edwards for...

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Dec 10

Posts: 19

kizzat says:


it will be to diffrent races in the dry but in the wet could be really intresting my eyes are on the crt s having a thew shake up when the downpour comes

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Oct 08

Posts: 262

LaughingGas says:

Ben52: nail on the head. very funny.

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Dec 11

Posts: 8

Warren569 says:


Surely the only way for MotoGP to improve is to look at how Dorna can bring in extra investment to sponsor smaller teams by offering guaranteed TV coverage to everyone, regardless of their status/results.  They could also push the factories to offer decent engine/electronics packages to private teams at affordable rates, maybe by coffing up some of their own (Dorna) £££'s.  e.g. Dorna could have offered to bankrole a Suzuki engine leasing project in 2012/3, to give privateers a chance to compete and also keep the Suzuki factory involved in 2012.  2 tier racing at the top level will surely dilute the prestige of this class....whereas a factory engine/electronics package in a privateer chassis would give a great chance for private teams to show what they can do... 

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Jul 10

Posts: 183

BBQdog says:

Patton 500

Does anybody remember the Patton 500 participating ?  OK, we now got 21 bikes but I guess some will be lapped in no time.

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Nov 08

Posts: 109

smilo996 says:

In 2011 there were 5 Hhhonda's, 6 Ducati's, 4 Yam's. So who is putting forward what for the 12 real bikes?

Honda 8 and Yam and Ducati 2 each?

How do the 1000cc bike differ from WSB bikes in terms of performance. I guess we will see next yr?

So 12 real MotoGP bikes on the grid. There are 21 drivers in WRC next year though admittedly only three manufacturers but the cars are the same spec. F1 22 drivers from 12 teams, WSB looks promising though I cannot find numbers.

It seems to me Dorna are simply waiting and expecting companies to ocme back to MotoGP and for the 1000's to drop out. They could make it like Moto with Hinda supplying all the engines.

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Dec 08

Posts: 1970

thestig08 says:

we just need

a couple of fizzies on the grid and the garelli owners club and that should fill the grid they will be as competative as the crt bikes as well

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Feb 09

Posts: 233

tris123 says:


If you can’t have a grid of prototypes then all bikes should be CRT. It might be one hell of an eye opener levelling the playing field. See how some of these so called geniuses fair on the same equipment as everyone else.

If gp's had stuck with 500 strokers the superbikes would be lapping quicker.

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Nov 08

Posts: 109

smilo996 says:

It is me but I will never understand why Dorna don't say: the cost of motogp is too much, manufacturers you ocme with suggestions about how to reduce the cost or 990's are lapping too quickly or are they? if so then we want to bring lap times up by 1second, proposal please. Then if laptimes stay the same or reduce then you levy a fine on the manufacturers. As it is it seems Dorna make these rules, like 990's are too fast we will go with 800's. The manufacturers find a way round it so 800's are actually faster, net result manufacturers now need to spend a fortune designing 1000's cc bikes and no doubt thes will be quicker and just as "unsafe". End result grid with three manufacturers on it because they have had to go from 500's to 990's to 800's to 1000's in not too many years.

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Oct 10

Posts: 138


This is the final death throes for Moto GP.12 factory bikes & 9 no hopers doesn't make a race,the CRT bikes will be slaughtered by the top riders & give them something else to moan about.This isn't going to work.

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Oct 09

Posts: 196

TinkerNZ says:


Maybe they could give the slower bikes a head start. Or on the superior bikes fit restrictor plates to the intakes like they do to the ducatis in WSB.

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