MotoGP » Former rivals tip Crutchlow for MotoGP success

World Superbike Championship front-runners Jonathan Rea and James Toseland tell that contrary to popular opinion it would seem, 2011 Tech 3 rookie Cal Crutchlow can succeed in MotoGP

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January 31, 2011 4:56 PM

As I've said before, it's all about adaptability now. He'll either take to it or not. Personally, I agree with J.Rea - I think he can do it.

Also, putting aside the phenomenon that is Spies, success for a superbike rider in the premier class can only be a good thing for more graduations from that series as we move into 2012 and the 1-litre era. So I hope CC paves the way.

strumpetriple - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 5:16 PM

Quite a few peeps steppin up to say Cal will do well including a few who ought to know, like Randy Mamola, P. Denning and Wilco Zeelenberg.

No doubt he'll be bloody quick but can he learn to stay on it? I can envisage a Siimoncelli type progression where he'll see more gravel than track to start off with and then get it together towards year end. No Spies for sure, but yeah he definitely could do ok.

Nev - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 5:20 PM

Well its a bit of misleading title by CRASH. JR and JT are simply wishing him luck stating that they hope he does well. They also say that he can succeed IF he is given the right support by Yamaha, just like im sure most riders could at this level. And that is a big IF in a satalite team with a reletively small budget. Spies had the right support and look how well he did.

But the main factor alongside support from Yamaha, will be as Don-R said......adaptability. That is the key when moving from WSB to Moto GP and vice versa.


January 31, 2011 5:23 PM

Lat year there was 5 or 6 rookies. Cal and Karel are up against this year being the only rookies with the other riders having a bit more experience.

If Cal can finish the season 12th or better with a 5th or 6th place race finish here or there it will be a good start and something to build on for 2012.

Bliz - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 5:38 PM

Cal just needs to take it slow. If he can be trully be comfortable with 2011 as a "learning" year, he'll be all right. Remember Lorenzo's rookie season? He crashed and crashed until finally just submitting himself to mid-pack and learning the limits. Look where he is now. Cal needs to do the same thing. He cant get frustrated if he's not fast *right away*. He needs to let things come slowly rather than push the limits and crash. Not easy for a rider, but this is what he needs to do.

Bliz - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 5:41 PM

Oh, I also happen to think Cal is more talented than JT. So I believe he will do better and is COMPLETELY capable of success in GP if he takes it slowly.

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