MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow praises 'phenomenal' Ben Spies

"Ben Spies has been phenomenal over the last two years... He's a one-off and it obviously takes other people more time" - Cal Crutchlow.

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Martin - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 10:30 AM

What is this Mr. Crutchlow?

Are you actually starting to grow up a bit? I watched you back when you were racing Tommy and Kieran in the R6 cup, and to be very honest I though you were an arrogant T***t. Looking at your off track behaviour in BSS/BSB, and to some extent WSB, I'm not impressed, but this seems to be more grown up!

Anyways, Aggressive on track, and a bit humble off it, is what I think is the best way to get ahead in the world, and it would be good to get a Brit I could support in MotoGP.

good luck!


27 - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 10:54 AM


Good thing Cal has your approval, I'm sure he'll be more successful now. I'm mean really, who do these young people think they are comming into the world with no life experience. Shame on them!

Will be cheering Cal and Spies on. Cal beat Abraham, Spies win races and give them hell

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 11:33 AM

Well said Mr Crutchlow - Spies was a one off - but any rider coming from WSB to MotoGP will now be compared to him - unfairly I think because he was unique.

Hopefully Cal does well this season and builds on that next year well enough to stay in MotoGP rather than start with a bang and out with a whimper like a previous Tech 3 rider.

By the way Cal - Simoncelli was on a factory Honda last year.

justforfun - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 11:34 AM

It'll be tough for Cal, but I'll be cheering for him to get top 10. He seems to be honest and he knows that this year is going to be tough for everyone except the Honda riders. I just hope Yamaha pulls something special in the next test to be up there with Honda and maybe even the Ducs. If Ducati gets on track, watch out for Valentino and Nicky.



March 07, 2011 12:04 PM
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There's an interview with Cal in the latest Motorcycle Racer mag where he says pretty much the same thing about Spies for managing to tame the R1 immediately to win the WSBK championship. ' 'The most difficult superbike ever' according to journo Alan Cathcart, and one that requires awesome throttle control to get the tires to last.

Interestingly, Yamaha Italia tech chief Silvano Galbusera reckons that Crutchlow eventually figured out how to ride the bike to get the best from it, but that it just took took him a lot longer than BS. That at least shows adaptability, which will be crucial in MotoGP.

Chriszx6r - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 2:25 PM

Interesting that Lin "doesn't know what potential Cal has"... Am I reading this wrong? I appreciate Lin's honesty, and he always says what he thinks to some extent, but surely Yamaha and therefore Lin see some potential in Cal otherwise why sign him? I am confused.

Don't know how Cal will do to be honest. Ben was a one off. But Cal hasn't shown us how good he really is on big bikes. When he was fast on the R1 he was unbeatable but that was fairly infrequent. Hope he shows some consistency this year he's a firey passionate rider and thats how it should be!

Tony - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 3:10 PM

To be fair to Cal, he was coming off of 600s when he got on the R1, Ben had just come off of a GSXR 1K. Ben also had been pushed by Matt Mladin for several years. Being pushed by Laverty in 600s versus Matt Mladin in Superbikes is a bit different. Once Cal got up to speed at the end of the season, he looked fast.

And for those that think Cal is arrogant (not saying he isn't), you should have met Ben when he was in the AMA National series. He was an arrogant little punk too.

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