MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow admits he turned down Tech 3 offer

Front-running World Superbike Championship 'rookie' Cal Crutchlow has revealed to that he was approached by Yamaha to graduate to MotoGP with Tech 3 - but reluctantly concluded that it would have been too big an ask to combine the two series

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June 17, 2010 12:12 PM

Many would have only seen the "bright lights" of an MGP offer.

Cal has shown maturity and intelligence in this decision and I am sure that with the way he is performing there will be more than one or two teams looking at him to offer a MGP ride for next season.

Concentrating on his current commitments will ensure a better performance and enhance his offers for next season and beyond

Prolific - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 12:14 PM

Shame but a wise decision taking into account the logistics of it all, cant see there being a very big crowd at Silverstone if Yamaha dont get a replacement for Rossi


June 17, 2010 12:18 PM

Will I guess he spoke to MCN 2 days ago. Once again Crash is DAYS late with "news".

Smart decision by Cal. No testing and racing on tracks he's never seen with WSBK races in between is a recipet for disastor. He's not going to get any results racing a bike he's never rode. If he was to do a wildcard he needs to have a test first.

If he wants to go to GPs he needs to improve his WSBK record and standing. Running around at the back of 3 GP races and getting blown away won't do him any good. If he's good enough he will get his chance.

Matt - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 12:25 PM

MCN is hardly known as a reliable source. Maybe Crash waited till they spoke with Cal or something, I dunno.

Anyway, wise choice and sound logic on his part.

fu - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 12:35 PM

Yamaha are looking pretty desperate and who can blame them. From dominating the world last year they now find themselves with only one competitive rider on deck, a bunch strugglers filling out the remaining seats, and no remotely credible replacements left on the market.
If Jorge were to go down anytime soon Yamaha would be a seriously sick puppy.

Sweeble - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 12:47 PM

I would love JT to do it, it would be fascinating to see how he performed in comparison to Ben Spies (taking into account that Ben Spies' bike is more factory than the other).


June 17, 2010 12:51 PM
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So Edwards was to take Rossi's seat? Would have been great to see Spies and Cal on same team. But asking Cal to take on both series at the same time was insane! Yeah, And if Jorge is injured Yam is really in a fix. Obviously Yam has a low opinion of Toseland. Might have considered alternating the two to ease the burden but James performed so poorly guess it was never considered.

Now the thin grid is short another rider.

1050cc - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 1:00 PM

So had Cal taken the ride (smart move mate), some would have wanted to see him and Spies ride together? Why? Cal would be at the back of the grid. Absolutely zero testing time, having not ridden a MotoGP bike or Bridgestone tires before etc.

Smart move Cal, concentrate on doing well in WSB

Wang chung - Unregistered

June 17, 2010 1:04 PM

Hi aeolus, Yamaha still have a sufficiently high opinion of JT to employ him in their factory WSBK team (where the real racing is). It also has to be said that JT's start with Yamaha in MotoGP was absulutely fantastic (better than Spies I think). Don't get me wrong I think Spies is a brilliant rider, but so is JT.

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