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GP Week : Issue 130
31 there is no quantum leap waiting. And therefore a good set of engineers and mechanics with a good understanding of their rider can get a result. I’m very optimistic that once this thing gets going – I’m not doing to call them CRT bikes, I am going to say Constructor bikes, they will be there or thereabouts. Top six ... why not? Six seconds off at Mugello was far from representative – an early shot.” But the slow take-up is a concern. Butler is also worried that the factory presence might shrink even below the current sparse 17-strong grid, with possible budget cuts looming for more than only Suzuki – whose presence next year is yet to be confirmed. “External forces have been huge in the last two years,” said Butler. “Motorcycle markets have suffered massively, in the western world particularly. And of course the financial crisis has had a huge impact. On top of that we’ve now had the tsunami in Japan. “So it’s very difficult to guess what next year’s going to bring. This year obviously all the engineers and factories have been working on a budget that was established and provided over a year ago.” “ You can’t take the privateer teams out of the equation because the factories have to deal with their satellite teams, and they’re very well aware of the fact there is very little sponsorship available out there, and how expensive it has got to be.” Asked to provide lease engines, the factories had been unable to offer a realistic class. Since then, through the MSMA association, they have been obliged to give some ground to open the class to the new-generation CRT machines. Said Butler: “I think there has been a shift in terms of realisation, but there’s been no obvious pushing and shoving (from Dorna). It’s been a negotiation and it seems to be moving in a good direction. “ Whether it is moving fast enough is a question.” Although only the Suter-BMW has so far been seen, there are other machines under construction, and even in the case of the Spanish BQR effort soon to undergo testing. This machine combines an FTR chassis with a Kawasaki engine. British chassis constructors FTR are also essaying an Aprilia-powered alternative. Others in racing are on tenterhooks, for the same reason. If the new production-powered bikes fall short on performance, that is bad enough, but can be cured in time, and by fine-tuning the regulations. Vice versa in the unlikely event that one should turn out to be too fast. But if they fall short on numbers, then the whole reason for their existence is betrayed. Far Left: Suter’s BMW Powered CRT machine hits the track for testing recently. Left Top: The 2012 model Yamaha M1meanwhile surfaces at Brno for testing, and goes pretty quick!. Left Bottom: Ben Spies heads into uncharted water on the new M1. Below: The BMW WSBK bike, akin to what the new 1000cc CRT machines for 2012. MOTOGP FEATURE >>