CRTs meet for testing at MotorLand

Thursday, 8 March 2012

This Thursday and Friday, several CRT (Claiming Rule Team) riders and teams will gather for another test in preparation for the category debut at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

One month ahead of the start of the new MotoGP™ World Championship season, various premier class teams will be testing this week to continue preparations for the 2012 Championship. Over the course of two days—Thursday and Friday, the 8th and 9th of March—the Aragon MotorLand circuit will bring together several teams registered as CRT for another important test, one of the last of the preseason.

Teams confirmed thus far for the test are the Power Electronic Aspar team, with riders Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaró, Paul Bird Motorsport with rider James Ellison, and after returning last week from Malaysia, Avintia Racing’s Ivan Silva and Yonny Hernandez will be present for further testing of their BQR-FTR machine.

In contrast, Danilo Petrucci and the Ioda Racing Project team will not be in attendance. The Italian rider said via Twitter on Monday: "We won't be in Aragon this week because we are building the second and definitive bike. So the boys that are working at workshop are the same that work on track. If we went in Aragon we risk that the definitive bike will be not ready for Jerez and Qatar." Team sources have confirmed that the next outing for Petrucci and the team will be in two week’s time at the Official Test in Jerez.

The MotorLand circuit in Alcañiz could possibly see the debut of Michele Pirro, who has not yet ridden his 1000cc Honda CRT of the Gresini Team, although the outfit has not yet confirmed their attendance.

For those fans who wish to attend the test, the Aragon circuit is allowing access to grandstand 1, located on the home straight of the circuit. Access is free and is open from 9:00 am until 17:30 pm.

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