MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow gets first taste of Yamaha M1

The World Superbike race winner turns his attentions to MotoGP following a trip to Yamaha's facility in Japan.

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October 22, 2010 11:25 AM
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I really don't have a problem with Cal testing the M1 and I wish him all the best for 2011 :)

However, what happened with the limited testing rule in MotoGP? Is Yamaha and Cal exempt from this rule? Would Rossi be allowed extra testing of the factory Ducati at a testing facility owned by Ducati??? :?

adrenalin - Unregistered

October 22, 2010 11:37 AM

The testing ban is very easy to get around if you want to.
I don't htink Cal is covered anyway because he is not a current MotoGP rider fo this season so can test his socks off just like the 'official' factory test riders can.

However I remember Paul Denning commenting after the Gresini team got some extra practice for Elias in Moto2 at Misano that it would be easy for any MotoGP to test any time simply buy altering the bike slightly so that it no longer qualified as a MotoGP bike. He even admitted that they had considered testing the GP spec bike and putting up with the lenient punishment meted out to Gresini. I think every team must have considered their options in this regard :) Putting a larger fuel tank on for instance would maen that the bike was no longer a motoGP machine within the current rules and could be ridden all day every day wherever they wanted to. The reason they don't do it is that it would be frowned upon as being against the 'spirit' of the rules rather than the


October 22, 2010 11:39 AM

I'm just wishing Cal well, he's an agressive young rider with a personality and enough self belief to succeed. Also he hasn't stayed in other series long enough for his style to get too established. He might just do it. Ride hard Cal!

Nox - Unregistered

October 22, 2010 11:42 AM

From what I remember, the rules prohibit current championship riders from testing their gp machines outside of official tests.

The riders can test on non gp machines, and the factories can test the gp machines with non gp riders.


October 22, 2010 12:08 PM

Very positive sign that he already feels at home on the bike and that he prefers it to the R1. A lot of people predicted he would get on better with the smaller, lighter and stiffer chassis of the 800, and that seems to be the case.

Bad news though that the test was wiped out by rain. That effectively means he has NO experience of the bike as it will need to be ridden most of the time next year, and it leaves him with a very steep learning curve at the Valencia tests.

I do think his riding style (front-end biased, high corner speed) will allow him to adapt well though.

Cleggy - Unregistered

October 22, 2010 12:23 PM

Come on Yamaha.

Give Cal a ride in the last few races.

You did it for Spies last year !

Give the lad a chance to get to know the bike before he starts testing.

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