MotoGP » Elated Crutchlow 'could have been closer' to podium

'I didn't make a great start and lost a few positions and that is a bit disappointing because I'm sure I could have been much closer to the top three' - Cal Crutchlow

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Dynamic Donkey - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 11:05 AM

Nice to read some positive comments directed at Cal for a change.He did a superb job over the entire weekend and deserved his 4th place.I agree with Mick,that Dovi seemed to be holding him up for a period.If he had got past him sooner he may well have got closer to the front runners.He must be very happy though.

RaceFan - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 11:19 AM

Fantastic race, Cal. His raw speed has shown itself consistently over winter testing and now the Losail round, the doubters have got to think again.
More results like this and Cal might well be leaving Tech 3 at the end of the season... and heading into the factory squad. That said, Ben had chatter and will be back in Jerez with a point to prove. It's going to be a titanic season.

Go Cal!

custard - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 11:27 AM

One step at a time. Cal did an awesome job all round, his maturity showed through here. Last season he learned loads and learn't not to be impatient by the end of it, that was obvious this weekend. I think last year he would have tried to overtake Dovi sooner and would have made a mistake. I don't think the bike being a 1000cc has anything to do with it either, I think it's been down to a hard working pre season by Cal and his team to get their s**t together, he HAS to beat his team mate this year.

He just needs to get his starts sorted now and get up with the front runners on the first lap, then he'll learn even more following them. Onwards and upwards dude, I'm looking forward to his first podium as I'm sure he is too. Keep up the good work Cal!

190mph - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 2:00 PM

Many years on a Honda and many years in Grand Prix racing compared to Cal's one and a bit.

Lack of experience on the Yamaha was not the reason Dovi lost to Cal on Sunday - he just wasn't good enough on the day.

Still, plenty of racing to go for Dovi to show if he deserves that factory Yamaha ride.

Dario - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 2:09 PM

There was a story recently on how Dovi has to completely change his riding because the Yamaha is so different to the Honda.

And this is only one race. No one takes a sample of one to draw conclusions.

MM - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 2:31 PM

Saying Crutchlow needs to learn to overtake based on the time it took him time to get past a certain rider is a classic example of drawing conclusions from a single example. He knew it was very unlikely he'd get a podium unless one of the faotory bikes ahead crashed or broke down and the last thing he wanted to do was throw away a chance of equalising his best result, (against more competition this time), and possibly ruin his team mate's race too in the process if he messed up. It's hard to overtake on identical machinery, having no advantage in any area.

Yamaha's new generation electronics don't just make the bike easier to ride and provide better traction but also save fuel, which means the Tech 3 riders may be handicapped by their engines leaning off towards the end of fuel-heavy races during the season.

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