At the launch of Sito Pons' Moto2 team, the double world 250 champion, also former owner and team manager of one of the most successful 500 and MotoGP satellite Honda teams of all time, spoke recently to Motomatters.com about the CRT concept for 2012 and the chances the Spaniard saw to move his his Moto2 team back up to the MotoGP grid under these new technical rules in the near future.
"I really believe in the idea of CRT bikes", Pons said. "But only if they are at a similar level of performance as the Japanese factory prototypes. I do not believe in a CRT concept with such wide differences in performance between the fastest Japanese bikes and the CRTs, as it is planned right now, either from a commercial point of view or from the point of view of the sport".
"In my opinion", Pons continued, "I thing the best solution is a MotoGP grid full of CRT bikes with similar performance, because that also would allow Japanese manufacturers to keep developing high technology engines that could be used by those same private teams, much as it is in in Formula One".
"For me that’s the ideal scenario for CRTs in MotoGP", Pons concluded, "And maybe a good opportunity for our team to race again inMotoGP. But we are not even thinking of trying with today’s CRT basis. It would be too difficult for any CRT team to perform at the minimum levels required to give their sponsors the exposure they need in such a commercial sport as road racing is. If you do not get good results, you do not get support from sponsors. If you do not have the budget, you do not get good results either. Engines with equal performance would give any team the chance to win in MotoGP".