MotoGP » Crutchlow looking forward to 1000cc MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow looks ahead to MotoGP debut in 2011

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mattmon - Unregistered

September 23, 2010 11:48 AM

I wish him well too, but wonder what he's doing there. What's he done to get a gig in motogp? Me thinks maybe someone said get a Brit in there at any cost.

Arabaki - Unregistered

September 23, 2010 11:50 AM

"Ben...jumped in there as a Superbike rider for the last four or five years"

Yeah, in theory Spies has had to un-learn more than Crutchlow will have to, but then again Spies is an outrageous natural talent and it's dangerous for anybody to use him as a benchmark. Cal will only come up short if he does that.

Don't think he'll start out as promisingly as Toseland either. But he's at least going in with a 2 yr deal and plenty of time to figure it out. He's quick enough that's for sure. Time will tell.


September 23, 2010 11:53 AM


Unless they do something with the electronics I don't think there will be much difference between racing the current 800cc and the new 1000cc bikes.

Unfortunately for us fans I don't think the racing and the spectacle will look anything like the 990s. Tires and electronics have come on leaps and bounds since then.


September 23, 2010 11:56 AM

WSS champ last year, double winner this year with multiple poles and let's not forget that he is heavily backed by Monster Energy which are the main sponsor of Tech3. Yamaha must see something in him, they gave him a two year contract and who are we to argue? Yes there needs to be a Brit on the grid, we are a big biking nation but there's more to it than that.
I think he may surprise a few next year as he dominated WSS against top quality opposition and made them look silly. Everyone knows the Yam has been a dog this year and yet he has still performed better than his team mate.
If Yamaha hadn't of given him the ride then he would have walked into pretty much any team in Moto2 and then possibly Yam would have lost him. Think they've learned from Suzuki in that regard, Ben would still be with them had they given him the chance...but Suzuki's loss was Yam's gain

stavros - Unregistered

September 23, 2010 11:59 AM

I still love GP. Its clearly the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and the CRT rules in 2012 should get more riders back on the grid which is all the series really needs, not more silly restrictions.

Edwards will smash Crutchlow next year.


September 23, 2010 12:02 PM

Have to agree with RawDawg that the rationale of having a learning year to prepare for the 1000's seems a little spurious. It won't be like the 990's of old. And in any case, it's not like Cal has shown his best potential on the 1 litre superbikes anyway - rather he excelled on the smaller 600's. If anything he might find that the 800's suit him better than the 1000's of 2012 onwards.

In any event, to paraphrase his own words, it's about the rider being able to adapt, not the bikes, so the same top guys will up the front when the 1000's arrive.

But yes, good luck to him. I think he could do better than some people expect. Never any harm in being the underdog!

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