MotoGP » Crutchlow spare bike fourth after pole challenge

"I made a silly little mistake because I hit one of the damp patches and crashed out" - Cal Crutchlow.

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April 28, 2012 11:51 PM

the Oracle, if everyone was on a Tech3 Mistral in Moto2 you might have a point but they aren't. Bradley was always faster than his team mate of last year Mike Di Meglio at every race and by a large margin. Di Meglio is on a SpeedUp this year, qualified 8th 0.7s off pole. Last year Smith was 5th in qualifying at Jerez 1.4s faster than Di Meglio who was 29th. Bradley then finished 4th, 1min 11s ahead of his team mate. Tech3 know Bradley and know what he can do.

The Oracle - Unregistered

April 29, 2012 12:08 AM

@DBL You're probably right and I don't claim to know all the Moto2 chassis'. I do watch the races and Marquez and Ianonne are the only riders I see as instant Motogp successes. Bradley Smith just hasn't done anything significant and wouldn't make my top five from moto2 to enter motogp next year. I have to go back to Casey and remember his fights with Pedrosa and Lorenzo during his 125,250 years. You could see he was faster but was riding inferior machinery. Maybe I'm looking too far? Put De Puniet on the Tech3 or any decent bike and I think you have another Casey. Yes, he crashes but so did Casey on the LCR. But you can't deny he's one of the quickest riders out there.

CLURPR - Unregistered

April 29, 2012 2:45 AM

@The Oracle

Not being funny but I think Poncharal knows what he is doing and what he has got with Smith. The Mistral is nowhere near the level of the Suters/FTR's at the moment and Smith is only able to use the data from 2 bikes to help him with development and setup compared to Marquez and co. whom probably have anywhere between 6-10 bikes data to work from. Add in the fact you do not have a weight limit in this class (which is partially the reason Marquez is quick) and the fact that some of the frontrunners put a hell of a lot more testing and money into their bikes, then Smith isn't doing too badly. Yes he isn't getting podiums, but he hasn't got the bike yet to do it.

rab27 - Unregistered

April 29, 2012 9:23 AM

another outstanding performance by cal in qualifying ! best of luck for the race,he has a real shout of a podium if he can get away with the front group.
running the pace he is now will take a while to get used to ,he certainly doesnt look as comfortable or smooth as the usual top 3 doing his fast laps (neither did hayden) but that will come .
as for bradley ,his bike will always be 2 generations behind the rest purely due to far less development than the suters,ftrs and kalexs.
i dont understand oracles comment about chaz davies,whilst in this paddock he never had a competitive bike,as soon as he got one look what happened in super sport.currently there is only one aprilia in wsbk getting the attention of the factory and tat has a number 3 on it.look at how many mechanical breakdowns max,s team mates have had compared to max since aprilia came back for proof.once max retires hopefully they will put more effort into into the rest of the bikes they have on the grid.

The Oracle - Unregistered

April 29, 2012 2:26 PM

rab27, my remarks are directed more at the commentators hyping British riders whether they're good or merely average. Toseland was the ultimate in hyping. Cal kicked his ass when they were team mates in SBK. Cal deserves the attention he is finally getting and I'm very happy for him. Today Smith finished 11th and the commentators mentioned him but didn't even mention the Malaysian guy that finished 10th. I ask again, what has Smith done in any class to deserve a motogp seat ahead of Cal or Dovi?

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