Originally Posted by Kropotkin
Definitely. But there's a couple more factors to consider:
1. they haven't started porting their software to the spec ECU yet. That's just a small matter of programming
, but it has to be thoroughly tested.
2. They need a top rider. Only Crutchlow is available for 2014, but he is still a little reluctant. He'd get big money, but the bike is clearly in need of development. In 2015, everyone is out of contract. More chance of nabbing one of the top 3/4/5.
3. 20 liters of fuel is a huge deal. Being competitive with so little fuel takes an enormous amount of R&D, and thousands of small improvements in lots of different areas. All about combustion efficiency and reducing friction everywhere. The reduction in the fuel allocation is basically pricing everyone except for HRC out of the series.
Is the possibility to go with one of the established teams (Aspar) still on the table? Seems like DePuniet and Espargaro would be a good combination for challenging the Ducatis and the Tech 3 Yams.
And since you brought it up...
... what is Cal going to do? I do not see him as a real championship contender/threat...but every time I think that he does something spectacular.
This weekend he didn't crash in QP and break any bones or destroy his #1 bike, qualifies a strong 2nd, but then he goes out in the race and bins it right away...so close and yet...