Other than maybe the Power Electronics Aspar ART team of Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro, it’s safe to say the CRT category has been a huge flop. The machines are considerably slower and riders arguably second rate. That the top CRT finisher gets his bike in the winner’s circle with the podium placers is considered by many to be a joke.
However, let’s not forget the aforementioned Aspar team. The duo of de Puniet and Espargaro has distinguished themselves as the class of the field, on many occasions beating the satellite Ducatis. Preseason testing indicates more of the same should be happening this year. And with Bridgestone developing a special soft compound tire specifically for CRTs, which seems to be well received, maybe we’ll be in for a CRT surprise this year.