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GP Week : Issue 142
Moto GP news >> A handful of new CRT MotoGP bikes appeared at the post- Valencia tests. But in the absence of any Aprilia-powered bikes and major teams like Gresini and Aspar, the lap times were not impressive, with the best of them four seconds off the pace. In fairness, they were relative GP novices up against race - seasoned riders on factory prototypes, as well as riding machines that in some cases were turning a wheel for the first time. Three of the five were BMW-powered, with one of those in a Suter chassis, as previously tested. A fourth debuted Kawasaki power, in a BQR chassis. The same GP-seasoned BQR outfit also ran laps on the Inmotec, launched last year as an 800cc prototype and still with that capacity in its Spanish-made V4 engine. although a 900cc version is in preparation. Best of the new brigade was now-and-then GP racer Carmelo Morales, on a Suter BMW run by the Laglisse team, with a time of 1’35.911. This was the most developed bike in the new category, having tested earlier this season at Mugello and Brno. The Inmotec has not been tested in public. Ivan Silva was seven tenths down on the BMW in the well-presented private machine. Colombian Moto2 rider Yonny Hernandez was another half- second slower on the Kawasaki-powered BQR machine, with a British-built FTR frame. His expected team-mate Robertino Pietri did not ride. At the back, the two Grillini Gapam BMWs of Federico Sandi and Gianluca Nannelli. These compact new bikes are adapted from a Moto2 design. It was not clear which of these will line up next year, with entry lists expected to be finalised this week. The list will include Team Aspar, one of several planning to use the Aprilia V4 motor. 1 / Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda Team / 01:31.807 2 / Casey Stoner / Repsol Honda Team / 01:31.968 3 / Ben Spies / Yamaha Factory Racing / 01:32.338 4 / Cal Crutchlow / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 01:32.550 5 / Andrea Dovizioso / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 01:33.256 6 / Valentino Rossi / Ducati Team / 01:33.332 7 / Karel Abraham / Cardion AB Motoracing / 01:33.433 8 / Randy de Puniet / Rizla Suzuki / 1’33.544 9 / Hector Barbera / Pramac Racing Team / 01:33.648 10 / Alvaro Bautista / San Carlo Honda Gresini / 01:33.814 11 / Stefan Bradl / LCR Honda MotoGP / 01:34.142 12 / Kousuke Akiyoshi / Repsol Honda Team / 01:34.546 13 / Franco Battaini / Ducati Team / 01:34.840 14 / Carmelo Morales / Laglisse Suter BMW / 01:35.911 15 / Ivan Silva / BQR Inmotec / 01:36.695 16 / Yonny Hernandez / BQR FTR / 01:37.279 17 / Federico Sandi / Gapam BMW / 01:38.680 18 / Gianluca Nannelli / Gapam BMW / 1:39.173 FINAL TEST TIMES CRT teams join the fun ... a long way behind Pictured, Kousuke Akiyoshi on the new, benchmark setting 1000cc Honda. 15