MotoGP: GP Tech Racing a Suzuki CRT Wild Card at Indy GP

05/15/2012 @ 12:32 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

MotoGP: GP Tech Racing a Suzuki CRT Wild Card at Indy GP Jake Gagne Moto2 Indianapolis GP Scott Jones

The folks at GP Tech are no strangers to running wild card entries at Indy, as the American motorcycle parts seller fielded one-off wild card rides in the Moto2 Championship at both the 2010 and 2011 Indianapolis GP’s. Using FTR-built bikes, GP Tech raced with Jason DiSalvo in 2010, were the American rider finished a very respectable 9th place, while in 2011 Jake Gagne rode to a forgettable 31st spot.

Stepping up to the big-boy leagues, GP Tech has been granted a wild card entry for the 2012 Indianapolis GP, and will run a Suzuki GSX-R1000 motor in a billet aluminum frame that is being prepared by BCL Motorsports. GP Tech has also tapped Vesrah Suzuki/MCJ Motorsports to help with the project, which should give us some clues as to whom the unnamed rider will be for the Grand Prix race.

Saying it began its CRT project back in January, GP Tech would seem to have a bit more progress under its belt than fellow American CRT wild-carders Attack Performance, who announced their entry into both US Grand Prix races back in April, but have yet to begin testing their Kawasaki-powered race bike.

“The new CRT rules have allowed us the freedom to develop a complete program that is worthy of being on the MotoGP grid,” said GP Tech Owner Geoff Maloney. “A big thanks goes out to everyone behind the scenes helping!”

Source: GP Tech; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. coreyvwc says:

    It almost seems like it would cheaper to build an uncompetitive CRT (all of them) then it would be to build a semi-competitive moto2 bike. Is that a good thing?

  2. Dr. Gellar says:

    Pretty cool that the United States will be the first country in MotoGP to have CRT wildcards entered in it’s races. That, to me, is certainly one good thing the CRT subclass has going for it…the fact that it makes non-factory wildcards in MotoGP a possibility once again.

  3. Bill says:

    It is just getting to the point that MotoGP as the highest form of motorcycle racing is done. This is from a en entertainment point of view. WSBK is far better viewing experience in both terms of racing on track and personalities off track. Even AMA Daytona Sport bike has better on track racing, arguably better full field racing than any other series at this point. Wondering whether or not Stoner will win is not entertainment, nor is watching them lap CRT bikes that might not compete at the British Superbike level.