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GP Week : Issue 149
The promising appeal of the new production- engined Claiming Rule Team machines in the MotoGP class just got more widespread, with the announcement that a purpose-built American machine will race as a wild card entry at both Indianapolis and Laguna Seca GPs. The bike, built by Attack Performance at their Huntington Beach workshop in California, will feature an aluminium chassis and a modified Kawasaki ZX-10R engine. It will be ridden on both occasions by 40-year-old veteran AMA racer Steve Rapp (pictured above), making his grand prix debut. Rapp has yet to win an AMA title in his long career, but counts victory in the Daytona 200 in 2007 among other successes in a long career. He will be joining fellow-Americans Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards on the grid; the last-named also on a CRT bike. The United States GP at Laguna is on July 29, the Indianapolis race three weeks later. “I’ve wanted to design my own chassis for 10 years,” said Attack Performance Team Owner Richard Stanboli. “This new class structure, essentially a Superbike engine housed in a prototype chassis, has provided an ideal opportunity. We have a great deal of work to do, but I’m no stranger to 20-hour days.” AMERICA ENTERS THE CRT GAME US Wildcard entry under construction A4 Advert - A_Layout 1 13/03/12 03:32 Page1 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS