Attack/Rapp Wild Card CRT at Laguna Seca

April 9, 2012
Courtesy of Attack Performance
Attack Performance has tossed its hat into MotoGP ring. The California-based team will construct a Claiming Rule Team (CRT) entry based on the Kawasaki ZX-10R. Veteran AMA Pro Racing rider Steve Rapp will pilot the Attack CRT. Attack Perfomance owner, Richard Stanboli, will fabricate the CRT chassis at the company’s Huntington Beach headquarters. Stanboli and Rapp teamed up to tally a 5-6 result in the American SuperBike season opener at Daytona in March aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10R. The one-off ride was sponsored by and LeoVince, as well as M1 Big Kahuna. Expect more updates on the Attack Performance CRT project as the Red Bull U.S. GP draws near. – Bart Madson MCUSA

Steve Rapp was on a top-five pace aboard the LeonVince Attack Performance Kawasaki - 2012 Daytona
Steve Rapp grabbed a top-five result on the Attack Performance ZX-10R at the Daytona ASB season opener.

Attack Performance, manufacturer of precision racing components, has been granted “wild-card” entries for both North American rounds of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 27-29, and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 17-19.

Attack Performance is building a chassis of its own design for the new Claiming Rule Teams (CRT) format at its 10,000-square-foot shop in Huntington Beach, California. The largely CNC-produced, aluminum-framed machine will be powered by a heavily modified Kawasaki ZX-10R-based engine. CRTs are intended to help increase privateer entries in GP racing’s 1000cc premier class and compete alongside teams running factory-built prototypes.

“I’ve wanted to design my own chassis for 10 years,” said team owner Richard Stanboli, “so this new class structure, essentially a Superbike engine housed in a prototype chassis, has provided an ideal opportunity for me. We have a great deal of work to do before the first event at Laguna Seca, but I’m no stranger to 20-hour days.”

Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp will ride the Attack Performance entry. The AMA Pro Road Racing veteran has earned podium finishes at both Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In March, aboard the privateer Motorcycle SuperStore LeoVince M1 PowerSports Attack Performance AP10, Rapp recorded two top-six placings in the season-opening AMA Pro American SuperBike races at Daytona International Speedway.

“Steve and I work well together,” said Stanboli. “Laguna is a difficult track to learn, and we will
have a home-court advantage over some of the other CRT teams. Steve has many laps around
Laguna, and we intend to hit the ground running.”

Attack Performance will release more details about the project as it continues to develop.

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