MotoGP » 'Hard but safe' for Edwards, 'synchronised crashing' for Crutchlow

"I was just riding as hard as I could but as safe as I could in the last couple of laps and fifth is a great result" – Colin Edwards.

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October 17, 2011 11:54 AM
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Don't think Cal or Aoyama can take much blame for their crashes. Neither had any idea there'd been a heavy shower, and both hit the same patch of wet track at once. No warning and not much they could do about it. Pity as it was boiling up to a good scrap between them.

That said, Cal's pace throughout the weekend was disappointing on a track he knew and expected to do well on. This was an event where he might have expected to take a big step forward, so to struggle so much with setup has to count as a letdown. That breakthrough performance on the 800 is beginning to look a bit unlikely now.

Solid ride for Colin, again keeping his head in tricky conditions.

iRONIC - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 12:10 PM

Poor old Herve is going to have to put up with Crutchlow for another year. Still at least Cal will be able to help Dovi with set up. So it could be a productive year !!!LOL


October 17, 2011 12:10 PM

Not sure if that's a rhetorical question, Stuart, but it has to to with contract lengths, personal sponsorship tie-ins and Dorna subsidy. Plus the fact that Lin Jarvis and Yamaha view Colin as being at the end of his career and want to bring in new riders. Whether Crutchlow had been kept on or not, it's very unlikely Edwards would have stayed with the team.


October 17, 2011 12:41 PM

Interestingly enough Abraham also crashed but picked up his damaged bike and brought it home for points. That kid deserves the rookie of the year title after all the crap he took before the season started and the sheer determination he has shown all year. It is pretty obvious that Herve is none to impressed with Crutchlow as this is not the first time he has said such things publically.

Colin Edwards - a sheer class act, no more needs to be said.

Stavros - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 12:43 PM

Got to be the most underwhelming battle for Rookie of the year ever. Crasher of the year is more appropriate, both Abraham and Crutchlow up to 6 now.


October 17, 2011 1:08 PM

In fact nobody is currently near Karel Abraham in terms of total number of crashes this year. Over all of the practice & qualifying sessions and races he's dropped it a whopping 19 times so far. Nearest to that is Simoncelli with 14. Then De Puniet and Crutchlow are on 12, while Rossi and Elias are next up with 9 each.

Abraham is also the most frequent crasher in races with 6 falls, with Simoncelli, De Puniet and Crutchlow on 5, then Elias & Bautista on 4. Spies, Rossi and Barbera all have 3 apiece.

Just the bare stats there.

SteveNG - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 2:09 PM

In Karel's defence, he is on the right bike if you want dubious honours like "most frequent crasher". I don't think he's been particularly outstanding, but he does have the smallest team and runs on the worst bike.

Stavros - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 2:12 PM

I was more looking at crashes which caused a DNF or DNS Don, but those are some impressive numbers! Simoncelli managed to add three in just the last weekend, all in one corner.

yzfstu - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 5:33 PM

Unless CC has a mega year 2012 i just can't see him being retained. He seems to be going the same route as JT. Perhaps we've just got to face up to the fact that the UK cannot provide a motogp front runner at the moment. Please Bradley, prove me wrong in 2013.

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