San Carlo Honda Gresini to Field a CRT Bike for 2012

11/15/2011 @ 11:05 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Finally putting an end to the speculation, Team San Carlo Honda Gresini has confirmed that the satellite Honda MotoGP team will field a claiming rule team (CRT) entry for the 2012 season. Using a Honda CBR1000RR motor with a custom chassis built by FTR Moto (the same firm linked to Ducati’s twin-spar aluminum frame), Gresini becomes the latest MotoGP to jump on the growing CRT bandwagon.

The move means San Carlo Honda Gresini will field a hybrid garage for next season, with Álvaro Bautista on satellite-spec Honda RC213V bike, and a yet unnamed rider on the CRT racing machine. With a high-profile satellite team like Gresini adding a CRT bike to its format, the news adds yet more validation to the CRT movement.

“It is a source of great satisfaction that we have reached an agreement with FTR Moto to take part in the new MotoGP series, CRT. The battle between the Claiming Rule Teams will be an exciting one and we are entering it with great enthusiasm,” said Team Boss Fausto Gresini. “Our willingness to take part was always based on the condition that we had the right technical partner and with FTR Moto and a Honda CBR 1000R engine we believe we can build a competitive bike for this new category. It is a new adventure that appeals to our racing spirit and it could prove to be the future of MotoGP. We will work our hardest and I am sure we will have great results together.”

“We are absolutely delighted to start up a partnership with Team San Carlo Honda Gresini and to join them on a new adventure in MotoGP,” said FTR CEO Steve Bones. “Team Gresini have shown over the years that they are technically competent, as their numerous successes prove, and we are sure that will continue alongside FTR on this new adventure. The growing interest in the new MotoGP-CRT category is exciting for all of us and we can’t wait to get on track as soon as possible to start developing the bike and breaking new technical boundaries.”

Source: San Carlo Honda Gresini

  • Westward

    Hope it works out, but it seems like more a political move than a strategic one…

  • SBPilot

    Gresini is here to stay. He’s a huge team and a good one at that. Dorna expressed post ’13 that the majority of the field should be CRT’s. I’m sure Gresini wouldn’t mind getting the experience running these CRT’s as soon as possible. He also expressed he wants an Italian rider before signing Bautista.

    I am curious who will ride this though…my money is on Andrea Iannone!

  • Dr. Gellar

    Political…maybe. Strategic….sure. Financial…absolutely.

  • MikeD

    OK. So the factory HOT RODS Prototypes racing against the Prototype frames powered by the ” run of the mill garden variety sold by the 1000’s, everyone has one” I-4(in this case) ?!

    Could it last the whole race ? And, at what power level ? Do these hings even have anything remotely as a chance to Ace a race against the Big Four HotRods ?

    May as well let the public join in running on Mules…is like bringing a sling shot and a bag of marbles to fight against RPG stocked insurgents in Afghanistan.

    Give it enough time and MOTO GP will turn itself into the bitching contest thats WSBK with Twins allowed xtra displacement and the others bitching and moaning thats unfair only that on Moto GP it will be backyard teams bitching how the fat OEMs are not playing fair and have some black magic ilegal tech and that things aint fair and they wont stand a chance against their “vast” R&D resources.

    Superbike…C.Y.A(cover your ass).

  • MikeD

    Money and it’s power is something amazing or should that be “money problems are something amazing”.

  • MikeD

    P.S: I don’t know whos wrong, the pictures or the print…BUT…the pictures of the bike that has it clearly shows a 2010-2012 Kawasaki ZX-10R Engine.

    The clutch cover, it’s “peculiar” shape and form, the ribs on the cam chain side of the head and the shape of the small crank end cover are dead on ringers…ifff the pictures are right.

  • johnrdupree

    MikeD, try reading the last paragraph of the visordown article. It clearly states FTR built a chassis housing a ZX-10 motor for the BQR team, and that bike was ridden by Yonny Hernandez at Valencia. The main pic also says it’s Hernandez on the ZX-10 powered FTR.

    These motors will not be “run of the mill.” They may start out stock but will be heavily modified. They can be tuned closer to the limits of durability because the CRT teams get twice as many per season. They also get 3 more liters of fuel meaning they have more potential energy to draw from. Making power wont be the CRT’s problems, data analysis and chassis setup will be where the factories will have a distinct advantage.

  • pat walker

    hrc boss nakamoto said development on the cbr1000 superbike engine stopped 3 years ago
    and that teams could lease one but no further development would happen.

    I would not count on good results

  • MikeD


    Holly Shiznit Batman! I seriously need some “SLEEP REHAB”…now it became pretty real all those jokes about lack of sleep and “flacid brain” performance. lol.

    Note to self: MUST STOP skipping the article and going straight for the “witty comments and oppinions”.

    Indeed, they have a steep learning curve just up ahead…God Speed to them.

  • SBPilot

    @ pat walker : it’s rare for the parent company ala HRC to keep developing the motor unless they are running the race team which in that case would mean a factory Honda team. However, the factory Honda team will be running their prototypes. In WSBK, Honda has no factory team, this is why they contract the work out to Ten Kate to let them do the development work. Yes they get help from HRC but it’s not HRC’s team. Nor does HRC build motors, usually it’s all contracted out.

    The point being is you don’t need the factory to continue development on the engine for it to be competitive, as long as there IS development then it’s fine, especially by such a renowned team (Ten Kate). This is cost effective for the manufactures.

    Regarding results/competitiveness based on engine analysis. The media has been buzzing about WSBK lap times compared to MotoGP and how they are getting closer to one another. A properly built production engine has already proven to be fast enough. No GP rider who went to WSBK ever stated the lack of power on their WSBK rides, in fact, quite the contrary. If you read interviews they always state they are surprised by the power of the bikes. The 2 or 3 second gaps between the fastest WSBK bike and the fastest MotoGP bike more probably has to do with two main things. 1. The tires, (I bet the Bridgestones stick much much more) and 2. Chassis set up (in relation to tires). and of course you can’t count out how godly Stoner’s speed is this year. So if Checa, a 38 year old is only 2 seconds slower than Stoner, a 26 year old, on a production few year old Ducati, versus the outright torpedo RC212V of this year at the same track. Then that’s saying something about the level of WSBK bikes.

  • pat walker

    It sounds like hrc wasted half a billion yen developing the new rcv213 motor when they should just lease a motor from ten kate

  • ravuth

    how much ?