MotoGP » Crutchlow: Time is lacking – but I'm a fast learner

Britain's sole representative in the MotoGP field in 2011, Tech 3 Yamaha rookie Cal Crutchlow admits that a number of factors are against him heading into the campaign - but vows to rapidly play catch-up

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December 02, 2010 2:51 PM

Get the feeling Cal will adjust to the GP bike pretty well and pretty quickly in his rookie season.Like the way he always pushes the limits to get the best he can out of himself and the kit available.Wish him all the best with the recovery and the Sepang testing.
Many hours for him to contemplate 2011 in the hyperbaric chamber between now and then.
Good interview Crash.

motodog650 - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 3:16 PM

If Cal will get on well with and listen to his much more experienced teammate and not try to undermine him and go it alone (aka JT) his chances for success will be greatly improved...


December 02, 2010 3:27 PM

I bumped into Cal Crutchlow at the bike show t'other day. What a nice lad. Pleasingly short too, which means that if nothing else, I can always beat him at basketball.

D'you know lovely, lovely people. This is a thread about Cal Crutchlow. Not Valentino Rossi. Whilst its nice to think that Rossi is the standard by which all of us measure all other riders - some of us don't. I could care less about his shoulder, he bust it f-ing about on a Motocrosser - not racing. There is nothing intelligent or necessary about being dumb enough to do that to yourself, but there is shed loads of conceit involved expecting the world to sympathise when it screws up your racing when you're riding the only bike you're supposed to risk yourself on.

Stay off the motocrosser w**ker.

Toodles xx


December 02, 2010 3:28 PM

Jesus,give the guy a bloody chance! The hate mongers are baying for Cals blood already.
Next season will be a learning curve for him and he is a pretty quick learner.But i am not expecting miracles and neither is he.I think he will do quite well in GP and will watch him closely next year.good luck mate!

brutale - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 3:49 PM

Never met Cal myself but a mate of mine was doing a Donington track day when Cal was testing his R6 there. My friend had gearbox probs and had to park it up by the side of the track, and Cal stopped to help out. He was already a 'name' rider by then and didn't have to do that, so that earns him big points in my book. I've no idea how he'll do in motogp but he's a decent fella and a real biking nut. So good luck to him.


December 02, 2010 3:53 PM

I don't think he's making excuses more than stating facts about testing. If you look at some of the early Spies stuff he acknowledged that he would be in a similar situation during testing.
HOWEVER, I still believe that he bolted one year too early from WSBK. His situation is different from Spies in that respect. Spies managed multiple AMA SBK championships before crossing over to WSBK. He's unusually tallented compared Cal or the rest of the WSBK grid.
Will Cal do fine? I predict a top 10 in points but no higher than 9th in reality. I wish him the best but startig your career in GP on a transition year for rules means that the bike will be developed minimally which won't help his learning curve.

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