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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motomoto - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 9:30 PM

,,after Cals stellar WSS season (s), he failed to show any special abilities that make him a better rider than several others or even worthy of a GP seat. He isn't even the current best Brit rider. This will be a James Toseland clone year for Cal. I remember vividly the posts proclaiming JT as the second coming when he first entered GP. People blindly replace JT's name with Cal's name in those same praises.
The competition today, is too strong. Cal will struggle for 10th. ,,hopefully everyone will try to keep the excuses to a minimum.


December 02, 2010 9:35 PM

Cal, don't expect any leniency because you are from the wrong country. You may have a good first year but, unless you are top five in the second season, your career in prototype racing is over, unless you are spanish or, italian.


December 02, 2010 9:37 PM

Cletus you are clearly a bit of a m*ron! If you knew anything about motorcycle racing you would find that most of the riders are using motocross bikes for training, exactly what Rossi was doing. It's common knowledge that Rossi has been doing this training for years and it appears to work due to his success. Lorenzo also injured himself a couple of years ago doing te same thing. Please shut up.

JD - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 9:40 PM

As others have mentioned, Cal's season on a 'winning' superbike, on tracks he new intimately was 'mediocre' at best. Yes, he was able to put in a few super fast laps and win a few races, but, one cannot but help compare him to Spies, a guy who had never seen the tracks but who dominated in meteoric fashion. Cal is obviously good, but will not be able to compete at the level of Spies. He will be lucky if he can come close to Colin, and although he will do better than JT, I doubt he will make alien status. Best of luck though, as a 'brit' I am pleased to see a fellow brit in the premier class. I think however Haslam was far more worthy of a Gp seat, although I understand it is the yamaha policy to promote from within, so can't knock them for that, although I don't think it is the wisest choice in this case.


December 02, 2010 9:49 PM

JD, who needs friends when you have enemies? Yes Spies is a Phenomenon that many many, international riders will fail to live up to but, Cal has done enough to justify a chance. Did you watch '09 WSS?


December 02, 2010 10:34 PM

The success of Cal's year could be determined by how lucky he is in crashes. He will crash, most MotoGP rookies do as they explore a new and challenging envelope.
The question is whether he will manage to avoid lingering injury and retain his confidence after the crashes. This will in part be determined by why and how he falls off.
Mika Kallio seemed to be progressing well and is now in Moto 2, with a crash related injury one of the quoted reasons.

Joe Blow - Unregistered

December 03, 2010 12:30 AM

This Yank likes Crutchlow and wishes him the best.

His comments about the difference between riding Superbike and MotoGP are some of the most lucid I've yet seen.

Wood - Unregistered

December 03, 2010 1:18 AM

I'm an American, and I like Cal. He was very quick on 600's. His style could work well on the GP bikes, I wish him well. I'm sure my opinion of him will change due to insane homer fans from blighty. They just take all the fun away from cheering for British riders, it's replaced with joy in rubbing failure into their noses. You'd think if you were without a champion since the 70's you'd have a bit of humility.


December 03, 2010 1:18 AM

The King of HB
Please excuse cletus, he is the site embarrassment, comes off as a complete tool. Sounds from his tone to be a bit light in his loafers as well. Knows jack about motorcycling and racing. OK carry on....

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