MotoGP » Crutchlow defends pull-in decision

"His tyre choice was the same as Colin, so I would have expected him to stay out" – Herve Poncharal.

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July 04, 2011 12:34 PM

Sorry but if you take the pay check then you do the job. I understand that Cal did not want to injure himself and do not wish him to do so. I do believe however he could have knocked it back a bit and still stayed on the race track. I am pretty sure he would have not finished last and thus picked up a couple of points. There are a lot of people who put a shed load of effort in to getting these guys on the grid, in effort, time and money.

If he thought he could not do the job then he should have had the nerve to say so in advance, rather than come back too soon and a stand in rider, desperate for a chance, could have been out on the bike.

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July 04, 2011 12:43 PM

Certainly sounds like Cal didn't do himself any favors by Herve, and pulling in that early while that high in the running does seem a bit of a rash decision. The bike could well have come better once the tire(s) came/wore in and fuel burned off. H*ll, given the grid size, just puttering around 'til all the fallers drop out would see him score a point or two. I understand the concern for re-injury, but contrast that mindset with his teammate's from a few weeks ago, where Edwards' approach of "it's already broken and plated, what more can happen?" put him on the podium.

Anyway, based on Herve's response and Cal's twitter retrospective, I don't reckon he'll pull in early again.


July 04, 2011 12:47 PM

I've admired Cal's efforts in MotoGP to date and I've always said that I think he'll justify his place here.

But I have to be critical here, because I think there was a value to staying out there, even if at the back of the pack and not at full racing speed. To learn the track better, to learn the bike better, to understand better the setup issues, to please the sponsors etc etc. I realise the gambled setup was a disaster and clearly wasn't working, but if he's still so worried about the injury, perhaps it might have been better to stay away for longer and get fully healed up first?

I know it's easy to be an armchair critic and CC is the one facing the risks, but it looks on the surface to be a decision based on the frustration of the moment. I hope he finds more confidence and better form again at the next round.

s - Unregistered

July 04, 2011 12:53 PM

"If this was stoner there would be a million posts by now!" -Rob

Yes, but there's no way it would be Stoner. Whatever anyone may think of him, noone can dispute the fact that Casey has always taken his front end crashes like a man--even if, on occassion, he may cry about it like a girl afterwards. :)


July 04, 2011 1:04 PM

Cal has definitely not done himself any favors the last 2 races. He is looking like a quitter. Not good in Moto GP. There are a lot of good, young, up and coming riders that would jump at the chance to ride that Tech 3 bike. you got to stay on the bike and fight each and every lap, no matter what. I have never seen anyone in Moto GP just literally quit 2 races in a row on a bike with no real mechanical issues. Not Good, better get your **** straight Cal, or you will be back in WSBK or BSB next year.


July 04, 2011 1:15 PM

Piss poor effort really Cal, all things considered. You are paid to race a motorcycle and i'm sure you would love to be racing at the front but sometimes you don't get the bike you want or feel you deserve. Sometimes you have to peddle around in 10th or 12th place and take it on the chin. Elias stayed should you!


July 04, 2011 1:45 PM

Very very disappointed in Cal.

Last week I agreed with his decision but 2 weeks in a row? If he is so concerned about not re-injuring his shoulder than he needs get off the bike until he is 100% and give it to someone else.

Like Simoncelli, Cal's finishing position compared to his qualifying effort is dismal. He could have knocked it down a bit and stayed out and learn something. Colin had problems last week and yesterday but still stayed out - we all saw his tire after Assen. Bautista said he almost crashed 3 times and had to stand it back up with his elbow once but he stayed out. Both just knocked their pace down but stayed out and finished.

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