MotoGP » Crutchlow: I learned a lot from Rossi

Cal Crutchlow savours his race-long tussle with Valentino Rossi, insisting it was an educational experience for him...

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July 15, 2012 8:54 PM

Expectation for Cal is pretty high for a rider only in his 2nd season! Considering his relative lack of experience a 6th is actually pretty good. Starts need to improve though.

The thing I like about Cal is the raw speed he can pull out of the bag. Lots of areas he can improve over a race, but he is a rider in my opinion who hasn't peaked yet and have much more to show.

It's a shame Yamaha can't look at running a 3 man factory team.

Mart993 - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 10:30 PM

I just dont get some of the comments on this topic. Cal had a dreadful start today - yes, absolutely for sure. But he fought his way back, and its one thing to get on the tail of someone like Rossi, another to actually get past, he isnt paid that sort of money to give places away. Have we forgotten that Cal is still carrying an injury, has had some storming races and has never lacked courage or commitment. We should be proud of what he has achieved instead of running him down like he was hopeless. What Cal needs is a good run and a win to give him the boost that only a win can do.

As for next year, yes he would like a works ride, who wouldnt, but things are SO competitive for a place. I hope he doesn't end up without a ride, its been great to have a Brit to follow at the sharp end of Moto GP.

Poor cal, if he doesn't start beating dovi or sucking up to Herve he will be crt next year. Might not be fair but nicky and pies sell bikes in the usa and with 3 races there next year there jobs are safe, nicky will get the boot end of next year for Audi pressure and Bradl, by then a host of young moto2 riders will be ready to jump up and cal will be 28, not looking good. By the way i am a cal fan he just needs to wake up.


July 15, 2012 11:02 PM

Cal has yet to step up to the podium and the M1 is a very strong package indeed even with a satellite bike. He needs to running up front near the podium to be trying to convince anyone he should be on a factory bike, be it Yamaha or Ducati.

While Cal has grown as a rider he still hasn't shown why he should be in a factory seat over Spies or Hayden, two riders who are quite talented and have won races and are podium threats...and sell bikes in a big market.

Wes - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 11:10 PM

Cal needs to learn how to pass other riders instead of being stuck behind them the whole race with a faster bike under him. Either that or have some balls to go for it and not only accept a "decent finish".

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