The Aspar Team officially presented its CRT MotoGP team including riders Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro and the team’s new Aprilia RSV4-based race bikes.
Aspar is using an ART race bike which consists of an Aprilia-designed aluminum frame with an engine based on the RSV4′s powerplant. Whereas Aprilia claims an output of 178 hp from the production engine, Aspar claims the ART’s 65-degree V4 engine produces over 220 hp. Max speed is said to be over 205 mph.
The team will compete under the name Power Electronics Aspar and will wear the blue color of the team’s title sponsor, a Spanish power generator producer.“For myself and for the Power Electronics Aspar Team the CRT project is an exciting challenge,” says team owner Jorge Martinez. “We had one rider in the premier class before and now we have two, so I am delighted with this. The concept and regulations of the premier class have changed a lot and there is a lot of future in MotoGP. Our tests have been excellent and we are highly motivated.”
De Puniet has been impressive during pre-season testing, consistently posting faster lap times than other CRT entries. The Aspar tests have been held away from the factory machines however so it remains to be seen how the ART will fare.
ART GP12 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Aprilia, four-cylinder V (65 degrees), four-stroke, liquid cooling, double camshaft distribution, four valves per cylinder.
+ 220 HP
+ 330 KM/H
6 speed with alternative ratios available. Oil clutch with anti-stutter tank.
Electronic injection via Ride-by-Wire.
Aprilia Racing ECU.
Cadena – Regina
Öhlins 42mm inverted forks and Öhlins rear shock, with preload control, hydraulic brake and extension.
Brembo, double 320mm carbon front discs, with four piston calipers. Individual rear disc with two piston calipers.