MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow savours first MotoGP front row

"It is a great feeling to be on the front row with Casey and Jorge" - Cal Crutchlow.

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April 08, 2012 3:29 AM

I wouldn't bet on either to be honest. I just mean I don't think you should straight away assume Spies will be better. It's been said often enough that Spies hasn't really delivered yet in the factory team.

I'm not sure if it is a case of Cal maturing, last year was his rookie which is always tough. He didn't really like the tyres much and was finding it hard getting used to them and the braking of MotoGP bikes.

This year things are different and more in his favor (new tyres, larger engine), combined with an extra year of experience I think he could have a really good season. He needs to try and take advantage of the first few races while his bike is close in spec to the factory M1. If Cal and Spies were on equal machinery all year I really wouldn't like to call it.


April 08, 2012 5:13 AM

"If Cal and Spies were on equal machinery all year I really wouldn't like to call it."

I will call it - Spies.

I'm not going to put this out here to hate on Cal and this is not to bad mouth him but to explain my logic.

What has Cal done to make anyone think he would beat Spies over a season equal bikes? He don't win any national superbike titles, didn't win near as many WSBK races, no WSBK title, no podiums his first year in MotoGP, no pole his first year in MotoGP and finished outside the top 10 his rookie year in MotoGP.

In every measurable stat except WSS titles Spies beats him. Spies is by far the most accomplished racer of the 2. Hands down.

Cal gets his first front row start and now it's a toss up who can beat who on equal kit? Spies did that his rookie year.


April 08, 2012 5:38 AM

Yup Spies has the better stats. And I know Toseland also had the odd show of speed which came to nothing but I just have a feeling that Cal could really make his mark on the championship this year. And Spies hasn't been on consistently great form in the past 12 months.


April 08, 2012 5:47 AM

"And Spies hasn't been on consistently great form in the past 12 months."


And Cal has??

Cal's form has been worst than Spies over the same time frame. So how can you use that as a measuring base?


April 08, 2012 7:42 AM

lol... rawdawg, trying to reason with people...

I hope people are just excited and being optimistic when they talk about cal and spies...

In reality Jlo and Spies probly arent going anywhere and will have contracts before most people especially if they both have a couple wins by mid season... dovi will most likely get up to speed and get an extension but Cal still has a lot to prove and even if he goes well he can probly just hope to keep his seat and not get the boot or relegated to a tech 3 CRT... but then again rule changes could shake everything up... tech 3 is in a bit of a predicament with having b-Rad already signed up and a CRT bike in development limbo


April 08, 2012 8:29 AM

It's a logic based on past statistics though. Something else comes into it now, which you could call the improvement vector. Cal has improved so radically from last season to this that we don't know where his ceiling is now. Likewise Spies is an unknown factor on the new Bridgestones with their higher wear rate. Maybe we should get a few races under our belts before we see see how they measure up. You can't always rely on what's gone before to predict the future.


April 08, 2012 8:40 AM

@ Don-R

I agree that it is far too early to start crowning title contenders. I don't place much weight on FP's and qualifying, especially when the discussion is centralized around roulette riders (like Cal and Hector).

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