MotoGP » '1000cc suits my style' - Crutchlow fourth at Valencia test

"You can immediately feel the extra horsepower, which is impressive, but I'm happy because I could keep a very consistent pace" - Cal Crutchlow.

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November 10, 2011 11:31 AM

"The bike seems to suit my style a little better"

More than a little it seems. That time is almost 2s faster than his qualifying lap. This is the package of bike and tyres that Cal has been waiting for, so it's good to see that he's making the most of it and laying down some impressive early markers for 2012. It's been a tough old season for him with plenty of low points and some nasty injuries, but I'm glad he's had the determination to weather it out and improve himself, it's what you need to do in this game.


November 10, 2011 11:42 AM
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For me it looks as if Cal is still just hanging on. At the beginning of the season he looked as if he had great potential and was going to develop, but unfortunately after the first few races he basically looked as if he was on the way out. His 4th pace in the last race means that he at least leaves the season decently, but next season will have to be way better. Fortunately it looks as if the new bike is a bit more Superbikey so he at least stands a chance. All he has to do is beat Dovi regularly and he may keep the ride. I'm a big fan, but I'm just saying it like it is.


November 10, 2011 12:14 PM

@ Sweeble

A while ago I might have agreed but he's certainly putting it down now. Only 3s from a podium in the Valencia race, ROTY, and now .7s faster than his teammate who just finished 3rd in the WC. That's what you call hitting your marks. He's definitely learned the hard way this year but he appears to have learned well, and everything is pointing towards him having a far stronger season in 2012.

rab - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 12:43 PM

good stuff cal.i think the changes to the tyres which will suit more people,or at least widen the performance envelope and the fact the braking distances will increase massively on the 1000,s will definelt suit cal and bring a few more people into the mix.if he can run cosistent top 6 next season he should be happy,and maybe scrape an odd podium.
the usual suspects will still be filling the top 4 places though.
hopefully the crt teams can up the pace a good way yet,we desperately need bigger grids,but not a load of mobile chicanes.

race fan - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 1:08 PM

Cal was saying biggest difference with the thou is corner entry, more of a point n squirt square it off style. So prob all the ex superbike guys will like it better.


November 10, 2011 1:19 PM

I'm not trying to pee on the parade, but which rider has said 'I don't enjoy the 1000 as much as the 800'?

None of them. Seems they all like them, which is either great news, or good PR for the sponsors.

If you listened to every riders feedback it sounds like they'll all be shooting for podiums next year, but barring any big surprises, I think we'll see the usual suspects at the front.

Let's see if they're all as happy when they're squabbling over 10th place and don't have enough front end feel....

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