Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rossi: 'I wouldn’t have problems riding a CRT'

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

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."

source: visordown

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