According to Maloney, “I’ve spent 110% of my time for the last eight months focused on Indy.” The project, which came to being in January 2012, has been progressing forward at a steady, solid pace. Maloney had contacted Mississauga’s BCL Motorsports to design the frame, while GP Tech has machined the various pieces necessary to build the motorcycle. According to Maloney, machining started about 1.5 months ago, and short of a small hiccup that caused a three-week setback, the development has been moving forward according to plan.
The GP Tech BCL Motorsports CRT effort will be powered by a Suzuki GSX-R1000 engine developed by Mark Junge, with suspension being handled by U.S. suspension guru Mike Fitzgerald. Former Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Aaron Yates will pilot the motorcycle in its MotoGP debut.
The team is just finishing up three days of testing at Autobahn Speedway and Gingerman Raceway and are pleased that the chassis is performing well. Both Maloney and Aaron Yates are satisfied with the development to date and are now working on some fine-tuning before travelling to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to do further testing on Saturday.
While Yates has never ridden the famous Brickyard circuit, Maloney is no stranger to the 4.2km, 16-turn racetrack. GP Tech fielded a Moto2 entry with Jason DiSalvo in 2010, along with a Moto2 entry in 2011 with Jake Gagne at the helm.
Maloney, who is motivated to build a MotoGP motorcycle designed and developed in North America, is eager to provide Yates with a solid, fine-tuned motorcycle on which Yates can compete. At the same time, Maloney muses, “We’re just a bunch of guys building motorcycles and trying to have some fun.”
Maloney feels prepared for the team’s MotoGP CRT debut and hopes to continue to refine the team’s expertise and continue to get invited as wildcard entries both in the U.S.A. and overseas. Speaking about Indy specifically, Maloney had this to say, “All we’re missing are pit shirts and bodywork but by next weekend we’ll be ready to go.”
Catch the GP Tech CRT machine in action at round eleven of the MotoGP World Championship at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway August 17-19, 2012.