MotoGP » Crutchlow eyes progress after ‘restoring confidence’

Cal Crutchlow feels he has restored some of confidence with his run to tenth at Misano, even if Motorland Aragon represents another new venue for him.

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September 13, 2011 5:21 PM

A big problem for Tech 3 is that after the best part of a season's development of the factory machines and improvements to other satellite bikes, the sat Yamahas are now woefully outpaced, as evidenced by recent speed charts. In Indy they were the 2 slowest bikes on the grid, and in Misano were also amongst the bottom 5, with only a couple of detuned Hondas and an ailing Capirossi slower. In Aragon the lack of top end means they're just going to be eaten alive on the long 6th gear back straight, and that's going to make it very tough for them.

Realistically, the best chance of a top 6 finish was earlier in the year when the deficit to the factory machines wasn't quite so great.


September 13, 2011 6:36 PM
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It was good to see his improvement last race, but DON-R is right. Catalunya will remain Crutchlow's best result, there is little chance of top 6, especially as Spies has sorted himself out, Simoncelli isn't crashing, Pedrosa and Edwards are fit etc.

FRED - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 4:07 AM

Last year at Aragon Stoner, Pedrosa and Lorenzo were on the podium.

The top speeds of the above riders, would not get them into the top speeds of the top ten speeds at Aragon last year.

Just a little FYI.

Kris - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 8:39 AM

Hey DON R read this

Crutchlow has no business riding in Motogp and we can all see this exept maybe you.Its called lack of ability and has nothing to do with the bike okay.You put Crutchlow on Lorenzos bike and he wouldnt crack the top 6 okay.
As for the speed deficit you say, please you talk about a defcit of 2-3 kph ha.Honda have the slight edge because of their almost screamer type engine but thats all, the Yam is superior in every other facet.Stoner makes the Honda look good ,and without Stoner the bikes quite ordinary.Furthermore where was stoners advantage last round out of the corner compared to the supposed slow Yam.Stoners honda couldnt do jack last round and the Yam looked superior.Problem is Lorenzos confidence has been down and Stoners capitalised on this .Yamahas best when on show is alot better than Hondas best.


September 14, 2011 9:07 AM

@ Kris

I was referring to both Tech 3 riders, not just Crutchlow. They're both struggling with an underpowered motor. Quote from Edwards at Indy: "problem is the Yamaha is lacking grunt. I needed Fred Flintstone behind giving me a push to go faster.' Top speed is only part of the issue, the engine is lacking on acceleration throughout the rev range.

In Indy, Barbera's satellite Ducati showed a top speed of 320.1 while the best a Tech 3 bike could manage was a 314.0. And similar again in Misano. And 5-6 kph difference on top end will make a difference!

As for 'Stoner making the Honda look good'. No doubt he does, but Dani's not too shabby either. And how is that relevant to the satellite Yamahas being underpowered? We're not talking about the factory Yamahas here but the 2nd tier machines, which have had no upgrades or improvements throughout the season.

Hemmy - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 10:42 AM

Oh we have a troll. Maybe Kris is Tricati?

Anyway, yes a top 10 is what Cal needs. The bike is clearly an issue. More so now that the other bikes seem to have taken a step forward and tech 3 seem to have remained stagnant. They are clearly down on speed and power as the facts show. Edwards is clearly peeved with the Yamahas grunt and top speed.

Tech 3 was argued to be probably thr bes satalite bike at the start of the season, but now its seems its from it!

Come on Yamaha, give tech 3 what they need to fight for those good results again!

pp916 - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 10:52 AM

This seems to be a pattern over the years with the Tech 3 bikes....they start the season reasonably competitive but remain static at that level for the bulk of the season while the remainder continue to improve (Ducati aside!).....last year when the complaints became more vocal I believe they did get some updates toward the end of the season so maybe something is due.


September 14, 2011 11:03 AM

@ pp916

Yes, I think last year the team received a revised EPROM to allow greater revs from the engine. I believe that was as of the Laguna round. Edwards also revealed that Spies later received some further parts and assistance that he didn't.

The difference from last year though is that Spies was a Yamaha Japan placement from the very start, and had direct links to the factory. Those links don't exist this year. You'd have to say he also put in some fantastic rides to merit the upgrades.

As of now, my understanding is that there are no further upgrades or improvements scheduled for Tech 3 for the remainder of the season.

Dr_Strange - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 1:23 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Crutchlow & Edwards start the year on vale & JL's 2010 factory frames then get switched to the 2009/10 frame? I seem to remember hearing Toby Moody and Julian Ryder say JL had complained that the 2011 frame was not giving enough feel as a response Yammaha had taken the 2010 frames back from Tech3? either way both riders are really struggling on the satelite Yam this year - only slightly less embarrasing than Elias's performance on the LCR honda which Randy did so well on last year

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