Honda's answer to CRTs is called the Honda Production Racer
Honda's answer to CRTs is called the Honda Production Racer

The 2012 season of the MotoGP World Championship will surely be remembered more for what happens in the offices and the battles of the transfers than for the races. To add to this madness that has now been unleashed it turns out that Honda confirms that it is preparing a replica of the Honda RC213V to be called the Honda Production Racer and that will be available soon for satellite teams. According to Shuhei Nakamoto told Moto Journal the motorcycle is almost ready and it is not a CRT but a Honda RS-style customer racing.

The concept would be to manufacture a Honda RC213V with slightly cheaper materials and technical solutions than the current ones to sell to satellite teams. Thus this new model would not have the very expensive Seamless gearbox and it is still being evaluated whether it would use pneumatic or conventional valves. Let us remember that the organizers of the MotoGP World Championship are still going around with the technical regulations for the coming seasons and this could include restrictions that would make the pneumatic valves unnecessary. Despite the fact that this system has been shown to allow very aggressive distributions without problems.

Following the thread of the Asphalt & Rubber article This Honda Production Racer is sure to be more successful than the current CRT concept. for the simple fact that the material offered is of a much higher technological level than that of any CRT. This happens because brands are very jealous of their technology and the CRT regulations oblige a winning mechanic to be sold at a fixed price to the first person to come, thereby exposing technological secrets.

Another point against the CRT is that the mechanics used that come from the World Superbikes are not directly extrapolated to MotoGP. As an example Max Biaggi's Aprilia RSV4 used 28 engines in the 2011 season (the average gives slightly more than two engines per weekend) while Randy de Puniet only has 12 engines for 18 weekends. This implies that MotoGP engines have to go much less tight than Superbikes, with the consequent loss of performance that this entails. There are even those who say that the BMW of Superbikes sound much louder than the bikes that Colin Edwards is riding in MotoGP.

Casey Stoner in Estoril 2012

So in a boast of foresight it is already beginning to talk that CRTs could soon disappear from the picture if Honda manufactures these customer races and puts them on the market for less than a million euros. Now we can start to speculate on who dominates the MotoGP World Championship in the offices and who will be the first to race with one of these Honda Production Racer. What I have clear is that this movement surely forces the rivals to move chip at the highest possible speed so as not to stay in the frame. Will the MotoGP Suzuki that appeared a few weeks ago in the press go this way? And Yamaha, which doesn't have a CRT or anything like that, what do you think of all this?

I think Ducati would have no problems with this type of motorcycle, because it is already currently selling customer races that are even better than the “pata negra” of the official team. Those who know They are a little bit assed are Aprilia and BMW who were attracted to CRTs and maybe they are not interested in continuing to invest in something that will become obsolete in a few months.

That said, the 2012 season doesn't seem like it's going to be very entertaining when it comes to racing, but dispatches are becoming more and more important in the MotoGP World Championship.

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