Roadracing World is reporting that AMA Pro Racing team Attack Performance has gotten the green light from Dorna to enter both American MotoGP rounds as a CRT entry, with AMA Superbike rider Steve Rapp slotted as the rider of the machine. Listed as the machine’s constructor on the entry, Attack Performance is presumably building its own race bike, which is almost certainly to have a Kawasaki ZX-10R motor at its core.
If the team undertakes the next steps in the process of racing in MotoGP, and it is true that Attack Kawasaki is building its own bike, then the team will have a short amount of time to put together a competent race package, as there are only four months until the Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca.
Another option is that Attack could use a developed package, like BQR’s Kawasaki-powered machine, which has already had some on-track development by other MotoGP teams. Though the team has had long-ties with Kawasaki, there also remains the possibility of Attack using another manufacturer’s engine, with the MotoGP paddock’s top pick being the Aprilia ART.
Well-versed on racing at both Laguna Seca and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Rapp follows in the recent foot steps of Ben Bostrom, who wild carded at the Laguna Seca round last year with LCR Honda. Hopefully Rapp can come up to speed on the troublesome Bridgestone tires, and make a better showing than Bostrom did at the US GP.
Surely US fans will be excited to see another American on the grid, though Attack Performance & Steve have a tremendous gauntlet ahead of them if they want to be ready for the US GP on July 29th. We with them the best of luck, and hope this project comes to fruition. More details as we get them.
Source: Roadracing World; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved