MotoGP » Crutchlow: That was a seriously hard race


'Jerez is a little bit twisty for my riding style and it is only the second time I have raced here, so to come away with a fourth and been within touching distance of my first MotoGP podium is fantastic' - Cal Crutchlow

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hoppy

April 30, 2012 11:02 AM

Dani must have been sweating with Cal breathing down his neck for most of the race!
Cal has done wonders so far with 2 great finishes,both of them ahead of his team mate.Many said that he is not good enough for the premier class.That notion has now been put to bed for good.If he carries on like this a podium is definately on the cards.Dani was lucky not to get overhauled by a satellite bike yesterday.Very lucky,and i think he knows it too.

Southerner

April 30, 2012 11:40 AM

Way to go Calvin. It was a seriously hard race for him to race with Dani the way he did. It was seriously hard to watch from the couch aswell. Well done !!!!!
It is early days in terms of the 1000cc era,but in terms of Yamaha 1000, Calvin has taken to it like a duck to water. By the same token,much against pre season logic, Ben seems to have been more at home on the precise 800 which is a contradiction in itself.
Lets see what Estoril throws up.
Again,great performance Calvin.

Nom nom - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 11:40 AM

I'm impressed with Cal this year. I've always known he had talent but never knew how well it would translate to MotoGP level. His performances in WSS qualifying 1.5secs ahead of 2nd at the Nurburgring and winning the championship proved he had talent in abundance. So to see him RACE with the likes of Dovi (and beat him) and then Dani and keep him honest for the whole race is seriously impressive.

OTT - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 11:43 AM

"Many said that he is not good enough for the premier class.That notion has now been put to bed for good."

After 2 fourth places? I hear quite a few people calling for Spies' seat to be vacated after only 2 races despite his far superior results!

Southerner

April 30, 2012 11:53 AM

Furthermore,it would have been so easy for Cal to slip into a mindset of "Oh well,getting beaten into 4th by the illustrious Dani on the HRC bike ain't bad'
5th was nowhere close to them,but he fought tooth and nail for that podium.
That impresses even the most jaded viewer and is the reason why the hardcore GP fans watch and appreciate all the races. If someone gets a runaway win,there is ALWAYS action further afield to keep us riveted.
Rossi/Barbera/Spies was another one that was great to watch yesterday and then there's the hopelessly outgunned CRT underdogs like RdP/Espargaro and Petruci providing more entertainment and promise.

motogp - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 12:27 PM

@ OTT It's not about being fourth... In Qatar he qualified on the front row and in Jerez he set the fastest lap of the race and was close to race leader Stoner. In other words, he is right up there. I can't remember the last time someone was right up at the sharp end with Casey/Lorenzo/Pedrosa and on a satellite bike no less...

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