AMA Superbike runner-up Blake Young will ride the Attack Performance CRT machine at all three US MotoGP rounds this year. The former Yoshimura Suzuki rider has signed with Attack Performance owner Richard Stanboli to race at the Austin, Laguna Seca, and Indianapolis rounds of MotoGP, aboard the Kawasaki-powered CRT machine designed and built by Stanboli and his team.

The Attack CRT bike has been undergoing some major changes since making its debut at Laguna Seca in 2012, where it was ridden by US veteran racer Steve Rapp. According to Roadracing World, Attack owner Stanboli has modified the chassis to work better with the Bridgestone tires, and has altered the firing order of Kawasaki ZX-10R engine to more closely resemble a Yamaha R1 engine.

Rapp failed to qualify at Laguna Seca, at what was virtually a shakedown test for the Attack machine, and finished 14th at Indianapolis, ahead of James Ellison on the PBM machine, and Aaron Yates on the GPTech CRT machine, scoring two valuable championship points.

Young is currently without a ride for the 2013 season, Yoshimura Suzuki not having extended his contract when it expired at the end of 2012. Young has previously raced at the world championship level, taking the place of the injured Max Neukirchner at Donington in 2009, aboard the Alstare Suzuki. At a track he had never ridden before, he failed to score any points.

Source: Roadracing World; Photo: © 2012 Jules Cisek / Popmonkey – All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • ZootCadillac

    How are these also-ran Americans allowed to compete as wildcards in the US GP when we, for instance, have to jump through hoops to maybe get a wildcard in the UK round of Moto 2? There are a raft of capable EU riders and teams who could use a wildcard yet don’t stand a chance. But every year there are a number of Americans who are not competitive but allowed to race.
    Politics much?

  • Probably because the complaining all the Brits do about trivial issues used up all the patience of the world community roughly two centuries ago.

  • @jenson haha, well said.

    Where is Josh Hayes ride? I know he’s “old” but come on!

  • He actually has a contract for 2013 with Yamaha, whereas Blake has been SOL on finding something in the AMA this year.

  • Hayes single handledly broke Young spirit mid season and he hasn’t been the same since.. Feel bad for Young but he has had 3 years at Suzuki and hasn’t pulled of any championships yet..

  • Monty

    Moto2 has a pretty deep field. They are looking for more teams on the GP grid. If those same teams wanted to field a CRT then I’m pretty sure they’d get the wildcard. It’s not politics as much as supply and demand.

  • Neil

    Good for Blake, hopefully he will have some good results and open some eyes and find a gig….
    Still would like to see Hayes in the mix above the AMA series though, I think he can handle WSBK

  • phs

    Who is taking Blake’s spot at Yosh Suzuki in AMA?

  • Dr. Gellar


    I believe it is Martin Cardenas.

    Until yesterday, I had no idea Blake Young was no longer with Yoshimura Suzuki. Crazy…

  • Timbo ZX10R

    Does he have Superbike experience? GP is a pretty fast step-up.

  • SBPilot

    @ Monty, at this level of sport, it’s 90% politics and money my friend. Your nationality and the amount of money you can bring to the team matter more than you think. And the two go hand in hand. Then, they will start seeing where your so called talent can take you. What’s good about American CRT teams doing wildcards is that it allows American riders to enter the GP arena with their own American made political road.

  • “What’s good about American CRT teams doing wildcards is that it allows American riders to enter the GP arena with their own American made political road.”

    Also worth noting that US wildcards at US venues helps fill the stands, which in turn fills team coffers.

  • ZootCadillac

    I’d had a bottle of wine and a couple of beers when I made my initial post and it reads, even to me, as though i was saying something I didn’t intend to so allow me to expand.

    It sounds as though I had some bitterness or animosity to Americans, please don’t think that’s the case, far from it.

    I fully understand why wildcards are used in America and support that. I spend most of my year in the BSB paddock and well understand the value of getting local feet through the turnstiles. It seems to me though that Dorna bend over backwards to get Americans on the Grid at their home races, they do the same for the Japanese and Asian rounds yet they certainly don’t seem interested in helping to get more Englishmen on the grid for example at the Silverstone round ( another paddock I’m in )

    The team I’ll be working most closely with next season will run a moto 2 bike in Spain’s CEV ( yes, against the likeable Kenny Noyes no less ) and will likely apply for and get a moto2 wildcard in the British round of the GP as it’s the team’s home. It was mentioned above that if we or others applied for a CRT wildcard we would get it as more on the grid is better. But who pays for it? Where do we get a CRT bike from? Where are Dorna with the help that they give elsewhere? That was one of my points.

    The other point was that last year’s wildcard pick was, with respect, disastrous and could even have been dangerous. I’m for the wildcard system but why not find a way to get the very best that you have to offer in there? Why not Josh Hayes? Would a CRT run complicate his obligations to Yamaha and their sponsors? Heck, I spent a great weekend with Shane Turpin at Cadwell Park last season when he raced in the Ducati 848 challenge. Why not him? Some may say he’s past whatever best he had but he’s an amiable guy with a great attitude who I believe would certainly command an on-track following with the locals. Why not Kenny Noyes. People under contract are not necessarily off-limits. I just don’t see this particular pick doing any better than last year.

    For reasons I won’t go into here my loyalties as always are with Ducat. in 2011 the writing was pretty much on the wall for Nicky Hayden. The team, the company the sponsors loved him but he didn’t deliver. However his results last season and attitude got him another contract. But that’s not the whole story. I personally believe that if the Audi deal had not happened and Ducati’s GP program carried on as it had been doing then Nicky would have gone. But Ducati and Philip Morris both need an American on the bike. That’s the commercial reality of it, it’s Ducati’s fastest growing market. If there had not been the changes then I would have expected Hayden to be let go but with some sadness, he is after all the consummate professional who’s never had a bad word to say about his employers, and for Ducati to have made a push to sign Spies, a rider they had long admired, but that’s speculation. Things changed and now they have the best of both worlds and I wish them both well.

    the point of that? Yes, I understand the impact for Dorna and GP in the US from US riders and I support it. I’m concerned that the wildcard is being abused for the sake of commercialism by an attitude of ” Just get an American on another bike, anyone will do”. I may be wrong. I often am and after all it’s just opinion.

    So forgive me if anyone took insult from my comment. I understand why that could be the case. I hope I’ve gone some way to explaining that I didn’t intend any offence. Conveying sentiment in the written word is difficult without writing a huge essay so don’t jump to conclusions about what you think I mean, just ask and I’ll explain.

    And Jensen. Thank you for that unveiled dig from the former colonies. It was unwarranted and certainly not relevant to the discussion. But I know where we stand. If you’d prefer I comment on motomatters, where the majority of your stories originate, and leave you guys alone that’s fine.

  • Rob


    I’m sure if a british team wants to spend money and never see it again on building their own crt machine then they’d get a wildcard. The American ones are all in house made by private shops. Dorna certainly has pulled strings in my eyes as it doesn’t cost them anything. The attack machine last year didn’t make the 107% tule and never made the race. Dorna certainly didn’t step in.

    Hayes can’t ride a crt machine since Yamaha won’t put one of their motors in a non Yamaha frame. They also don’t want any PR of him riding for a different brand. Maybe when they lease the M1 motors he may have a go at a private crt ride.

  • SBPilot

    @Zoot, if I’m not mistaken, it’s no secret that Dorna does not treat the English riders that well, or at least on equal terms as the Europeans (and Americans). There is obvious discrimination and unfortunately it is all for commercial benefit. It’s that simple because Dorna is the commercial rights holder. It happens also in WSBK. The most obvious was when Infront decided not to race at Monza (I think) due to bad weather, but the decision not to race was made only by a select few (European, specifically, Latino [Italian and Spanish]) top riders. Which screwed many English and other European riders. I think it was Rea that spoken rather openly about this. IIRC, PBM also had to convince Dorna to help fund them for this season, and they were sort of “last in line” compared to all the other CRT teams that probably got confirmed for funding much earlier on.

    Seeing that you seem to be part of the racing community, in the UK at that, I’d assume that the Dorna pro-European views should be of knowledge to you. Sometimes, it really is that simple. Discrimination can be that simple. Maybe being an immigrant makes it easier to see and understand. If the world was perfect, there is no logical basis for discrimination based on nationality (dare I say, racism), but the world isn’t perfect and that’s what you’re witnessing. It’s all part of politics. Prost, French, rubbed shoulders with FIA boss Balestre, French, and that gave Senna a hard time. Marquez is Spanish, Ezpeleta is Spanish, rookie rule abolished. Dorna sees money in USA and SEA, makes it easier for them to get Wildcards. Dorna doesn’t like the English (for whatever reason), gives English riders/teams a hard time. It’s that simple. When your nationality works against you, it is a bitch.

    If it wasn’t for the English loving Frenchman (Poncheral) [Isn’t the world so ironic], there probably wouldn’t be any English riders in MotoGP!

  • ZootCadillac

    @SBPilot Thanks. I am aware of the discrimination that exists and really, in my initial post I was just bemoaning that fact but rather clumsily due to being in my cups.

    In the later post I was trying to avoid any further damage because my post appeared to be saying I took issue with Americans wheras my issue is with Dorna and their obvious promotion of some rounds and home riders with wildcards yet not others.

    If Dorna had any real care for GP in the UK then they would stop bringing it to Silverstone and move it to Donnington park ( there are other options ). Silverstone is simply too big. The attendances are poor. Last year I was at Silverstone for BSB, WSBK and MotoGP And although I was working I am a photographer so I cover most of the circuit often during the weekend. Even BSB struggles to create an atmosphere when it’s busy because it takes Fomula 1 crowds of 300k plus to even start to make it look busy. It’s so huge there has to be a bus service laid on for the public just to get around the circuit. WSBK was like a ghost town last year and GP was not much better, although i was working for Ducati that weekend at their grandstand on the start finish straight and as such there was a little atmosphere. Other parts of the track were empty ( I concede that the weather did not help ). There are two pits now at Silverstone with the new wing being built for international and the old pits being called the national. At GP there was a race called the Silverstone 200, a one off event with many British riders from Superbike, including current champion Shakey Byrne.
    I wandered over there to see a few riders and they were happy to see me for the company and attention. These are garages that are swamped at BSB but they were not seeing a soul visit them in the shadow of Dorna’s show, that and it’s over a mile walk from the outside of the circuit anywhere. I’m rambling, but the point is Silverstone, as great a history it has, is not suitable for GP or WSBK yet I doubt Dorna will consider changing the venue. More politics. ( I know MSVR are always courting Dorna in this respect )

    Yeah, it’s no secret that Carmelo does not like the English and it does show in decisions made which is unprofessional at the least but even that’s not the heart of my complaint. I’m not nationalistic or patriotic. I know a lot of riders but I’m no sycophant supporting riders just because they are British. There are a few who I can’t get on with and one famous rider that’s going to want to punch me next time he sees me ( good luck with that ). I support riders based upon their talent and attitude. Which is why I’ve been a grudging Rossi fan in the past but when he came to the team I love I knew it would be a disaster and was glad to see the back of him. Shocker I know but i think this season will show that he’s done because if it doesn’t it will just show how little effort he made last year, practically stealing his wages.

    I’m for the wildcard system and understand the politics and commercial aspects of it. i just wish that they would make it regular for all rounds, give the same financial support to all teams who feel they could earn a spot and see to it that the riders have the pedigree to deserve the run rather than choosing riders for their nationality over their talent.

    If you could have heard the comments over here when it was announced that Dorna were to take over the running of WSBK you’d know full well we understand the bias against English teams but that pales to what a shadow of its former self Dorna will make WSBK just to save the precious big show.

    Me? I won’t care so much and I’ll still be in the BSB paddock where we believe, which you may not agree with, we have the most exciting racing in the world and that includes the support series. I may have some bias myself ;).

  • Kevin Anderson

    I have some knowledge ofBlake Young, but not competitively. I just happen to live in the area ( Madison, WI ) and he’s obviously huge in Wisconsin’s riding scene.

    There are two things about this. First, Josh is as people have said, getting a bit “old”, and there are rumors inside the scene that he wants to continue to be dominant rather than move up in his later years and trail off.

    As for Blake, everyone who was and is familiar with the AMA scene knows that the Yamaha last year was miles ahead of the Suzuki in terms of capability. For Blake to continually pull of podiums and chase Hayes was pretty impressive. Blake is young and capable. Some people want to see what he can do with a MotoGP bike in the USA.

    Besides, I have no idea why Blake doesn’t have a ride this year. It makes no sense to me. The guy gets 6th place his rookie year, then 2nd and 2nd in 2011 and 2012 consecutively, and some fanboi Hayes lover here says “he hasn’t won any championships, he’s no good”?


    Somehow that level of performance can’t net you a ride? There’s some ridiculous politics going on inside the AMA this year.

  • “There’s some ridiculous politics going on inside the AMA this year.”

    Just this year? Politics is the nature of the beast. That said, riders missing out on rides is a matter of economics these days. It might not yet be the norm in AMA yet, but guys buying their rides is not uncommon in other series.

  • Berzerker

    Kevin, its simple: Chris Clark’s daddy showed up at Yosh with a wheelborrow full of money and said ” sure my son will never be anything greater then mid-pack, but here’s a ton of money to keep the team and my fantasy alive, you know, just like Melissa Paris, Elena Meyers, and the best of all Jessica Zalusky and let’s not forget Chris Ulrich…, sure their talent is nothing greater then a fast club racers, but look how green my money is”… and did I mention my friend the oil Shiek from Qater that just bought his 5’2 inch nephew the starting center spot for the Miami Heat”… no no.. we are not diluting the sport with family hacks, and of course your hard earned money which you spend on the sport as spectators is not wasted… we are doing YOU the FAN a service….”…

    Mean while., real talented racers with vast accomplishments on there racing resume’ have no full time rides… JAke Zemke, Steve Rapp, Blake Young, JAson Disalvo. and on and on and on…