PTR World Supersport team manager Simon Buckmaster has given his opinion on the new Claiming Rule Teams that will compete in MotoGP this season.
In the latest of his 'Simon Says' newsletters, Buckmaster wrote: “I know I will most likely get slated for this but I have to say the one bike rule [in WSBK and WSS] is far better than the CRT rules being introduced for MotoGP.
“On the face of it the Aprilia aside, which let's face it is much closer to a full prototype than an adapted road bike engine in a prototype chassis, there is a massive gap between the CRT teams and the full factory bikes.
“OK they have 21 bikes on the grid but in reality it will be two separate races with a 12 bike factory race and a 9 bike support field to make up the numbers so the fans don't get bored waiting for the factory bikes to come round again.
“Don't get me wrong, I support the CRT rules or more like 'road bike engines in prototype chassis' but this needs to be the rule across the board.
“Full factory bikes with the same riders and teams will still win but at least the private teams will have some chance to race with them and on the odd occasion maybe even beat them.
“It would also encourage better riders to ride the private CRT bikes. This is another big problem with Colin Edwards and Randy De Puniet being a class above the other CRT riders.”