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Matthew Birt  says:

Ducati uncomfortable with Aprilia CRT project

Aprilia’s decision to supply a new 1000cc MotoGP bike based on its RSV4 World Superbike machine is not in the spirit of new CRT rules introduced for 2012, according to senior Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali. The CRT rules were devised to bolster dwindling grid numbers by permitting independent teams unable to lease factory prototypes at extortionate prices to develop their own...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (12 January 2012 15:36)

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Feb 09

Posts: 224

tris123 says:


Next step bring back Max.

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Jun 11

Posts: 942

Moaner says:

Could you imagine...

If Rossi signed to ride the Aprilia....? Just imagine all the rule bending they could achieve together... I mean, they could get away with printing their own money!!

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Oct 06

Posts: 566

Eddy998 says:


Does anyone know if this bike, and for that matter the WSBK, has  the gear driven cams?

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Jul 10

Posts: 50

Cadwell75 says:

They all do it

Ducati accusing another company of bending the rules?...they have been doing exactly that for years, in world super bikes and the testing of the gp bike last year.

Every year another team looks to bend the rules in some way just like F1


Its all part of the sport

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Feb 09

Posts: 843

chrisg011 says:

They say

"for one year only we consider it is not a big problem"

which means

"if we beat them (CRT Teams) we dont care, but if we look like the stupid little brother to another Italian manufacturer (and we wont complain about Ten kate producing tuned engines which will be SBK spec) we will whine"

Considering the investment made by Ducati/Yam/Honda - the only 3 full factory teams still supporting MotoGP, they bloody well should be pissed if other factories start beating 'em.

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Jan 11

Posts: 277

yzrm1 says:

big problem

Please ducati please you moaning factory you rule bending factory all you have ever done was riding on the wrong site of any contract. moaning you ...give back those 200cc.! cancel that cheating 1199 vaginale.

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Oct 07

Posts: 1289

hugelean says:

It's picking hairs but Ducati generally have the rules bent in their favour they don't try to circumvent the rules.. Aprilia plain cheated in WSBK by using parts that would be available at some time in the future if you had the time money and know how, the crt rules are ripe for prostitution with Dorna saying they will do what is necessary to make the crts competitive , doesn't take an idiot to figure out that understating you position could gain you a significant advantage.. Aprilia as usual are taking the piss, they can enter a full team but it will be regarded as one, instead of their attempts to try and make out their road bike is competitive at this level.... In truth if the crts can be made as quick as the factory bikes for 1m someone needs to take a long hard look at what the fuck the msma has been doing for the last few years, unless of course it means shovelling American V8s into the chassis.. (artistic license recognised..) Dorna it's either the pinnacle or it's a slightly more expensive version(or is it at 1m) of wsbks.. with half the money I suspect without manufacturers..

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Aug 11

Posts: 661

Bootlegger says:

Bend'em,don't break 'em.

Last time I checked, HRC and Yamaha were not squealing about anything. Neither are Ducati actually.

Just keeping an eagle eye on Aprilia's apparent 'back door' move into GP.

Its not like the big 3 have on board Aprilia 'aliens'  to worry about for 2012. 

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Mar 10

Posts: 100

jahagon says:

Pulling a fast one

I love it how Aprilia seems to always be able to 'pull a fast one' on other teams. Gear driven cams in WSB, and now a sneaky CRT that's actually a factory bike - nice one!

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Nov 11

Posts: 109


If it is based on a production or superbike engine then it is not a prototype and would form a good basis for a CRT. The frame should be different but it is only a matter of time before someone packages a cheap CRT bike. The bike wont be on the same level as a factory bike and should be hugely cheaper which is the main issue here causing tiny grids.     

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