GUINTOLI, CRT’S & BRIDGESTONES ...
You won’t get any debate with me as to the CRT’s, CH97. This was yet another Dorna/Ezpeleta brain fart “inflicted” on peak-level GP racing – along with Moto 2 bikes that, engine-wise, are a far lower spec & less powerful than their first cousins in 600cc WSS.
Some other comments, knowing the proclivity of so many MCN readers to immediately jump to incorrect quantum conclusions. Let’s disabuse them of their often serially wrong ideas?
Sylvain Guintoli is a fine rider but has had his time in the GP sun – 6 years in 250cc GP & then 2007 (Tech Trois Yamaha) & 2008 (Pramac Ducati) in MotoGP – historical fact. Nothing personal, but a best result of 6th in Germany in 2008 partly explains why he didn’t get a contract renewal & went BSB in 2009. At one circuit where he was struggling on the Desmo, he was shown Casey Stoner’s comparative Desmo data & pronounced this as simply “Unbelievable!”
His BSB career suffered with injury aftermath from Josh Brookes’ collision @ Donington. Incidentally, this was serially & savagely misreported, even Wikipedia still hasn’t corrected the record, but it is excellent many more people are now truly aware of what “really happened” in this incident. Politics, marketing & corporate pride produce twisted values at times - blaming the individual & not the machinery or mechanical fettling of same ...
Anyone following my posts over the last 4+years would be aware that I was in the Team that conceived, created, started & ran WSBK. I have oft-complained the concept was NOT to see teams having to lob-up with 1 Million pound + machinery to be competitive – then have that 2nd bike & huge raft of spares etc. Insanity! That WSBK specs are to be more akin to an elevated form of Super-Stock is far more truly in-tune with the original concept & intention – as dreamed & realised by Steve McLaughlin & all else involved.
CRT was a “political sop” playing on fond recall of F1 bikes past – tuned motors in bespoke frames etc - these “hybrids” are simply not up to modern full-on factory machinery. Dorna should have tried to “induce” MMSA to produce “production racers” along the lines of HRC’s V-Twin NSR500V raced 1996 – 2001 & good enough to Win some circuits & create merry hell @ others for the V4 full factory jobs.
Great to see HRC showing such initiative & ability with their latest “take” on the subject. What a supreme luxury to have Stoner as Tester who can “push” HRC’s creations to the very limit & far harder than any mere mortal can. No wonder Marquez is a very happy camper just now!
One last point, CH97: be very careful indeed even hypothesising on WSBK V MotoGP tyres. Over & over again, history has shown that the “radical build carcase stiffness & feel” differences between these have “ambushed” many an aspiring SBK rider’s step-up to GP. Throw Bridgestones on SG’s Aprilia & he would very likely immediately LOSE 2+ seconds per Lap while his bike chatters, twists & bucks – so it ‘aint necessarily so. Cheers
PS: Trailler – absolute rubbish. “Parade Lap” only for Stoner with Gardner & Doohan!