The objective of keeping costs at reasonable levels for the CRT entries has been underlined again today, when news emerged that a series of separate tests is to be organized for the teams in Europe. While the factory and satellite teams head to Sepang for the official MotoGP tests, the CRT bikes will be circulating in Spain, GPOne.com reports, with the two groups facing each other on the track at the end of March in Jerez.
Three tests have been organized in Spain, starting at Valencia on January 30th and 31st. Three weeks later, from 20th to 22nd of February, the CRT entries will convene again, this time at Jerez, before heading to Aragon on March 8th for a two-day test. Two weeks later, from 23rd to the 25th of March, the entire MotoGP field meets at Jerez once again, for the final official IRTA test before heading off to Qatar for the season opener on April 8th.
The big question is whether 10 full days of testing before the season begins will be enough for the CRT bikes to get up to speed. The CRT entries are likely to be left woefully off the pace at Qatar, a true horsepower track, but the Claiming Rule Teams will be hoping to have established enough of a baseline to work with at the start of the season, and make progress as the season goes on. The CRT machines will not be challenging for victory - given the extraordinary level of talent in MotoGP currently, that is virtually impossible for anyone not named Stoner, Lorenzo, Rossi or Pedrosa - but if they can start mixing it with the satellite machines before the season's halfway point, they will have achieved their objective.
Below is the full MotoGP testing schedule.
|Circuit||Factory or CRT?||Dates|
|Sepang I||Factory||January 31st , February 1st & 2nd|
|Jerez CRT||CRT||February 20th - 22nd|
|Sepang II||Factory||February 28th & 29th, March 1st|
|Jerez Full||Full MotoGP class||March 23rd, 24th & 25th|