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 16, 2012 10:01 AM
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Some mature comments from Cal (for once) there.

Something his fans (including Parrish and Cox) need to learn is that when Cal is faster on corner entry than the rider in front that does not mean he's being held up by that rider. It looks fast, but it's actually costing him. He's following riders who follow the conventional wisdom that "slow in, fast out" is the quickest way to ride. Cal tends to lose speed on the exit which means he's not close enough to pass at the next corner.

He needs to learn to turn his corner entry advantage into a passing maneuvre (not easy) or he needs to learn to use the more conventional technique to get him close enough to pass.

When he's lapping alone Cal's technique obviously works and produces some fast laps, but it doesn't seem to work when he wants to pass.

But the Crutchlow fans who insist on saying that "if he could have passed Rossi..." need to remember that Rossi passed Crutchlow on lap 3. So Rossi had the speed and technique to pass Cal back.


July 16, 2012 10:05 AM

@Mart993 Cal didn't "get on the tail" of Rossi. He was ahead of Rossi until Rossi passed him. That's not to say that he wouldn't have finished where he did without Rossi, but remember Rossi started behind Cal and was behind him at the end of the first lap.


July 16, 2012 10:09 AM

All this talk of who deserves a factory ride next year needs a little tempering. The problem we really have now and for next year is that there are only twelve prototypes. It doesn't look like anybody else will be stepping into the series with such a bike for next year and the three factories who are in it are now limited to four prototypes each.

If we have more than twelve riders capable of riding those bikes well then somebody is going to miss out.

What bugs me is that there are riders who I don't feel are good enough or are not consistently good enough who may well still have one of those bikes next year.


July 16, 2012 11:13 AM

@Moto "I bet Cal gets shafted by Ducati & ends up with no ride next year."

The relationship between Cal and Ducati is open to some interpretation and seems to depend largely on who you believe.

According to Cal Ducati wanted him to sign at Mugello, but didn't come forward with a contract. From Cal's point of view Ducati had therefore gone back on their side of the bargain.

Ducati's version is that they asked for a commitment from Cal to proceed. That is to say they wanted some sort of letter of intent. Think of it like buying a house, you make an offer the vendor accepts the offer, but you are still a long way from exchanging contracts or getting the keys.

I'm not saying that one side or the other is lying nor am I going to blindly trust Cal's version. The letter of itent tends to come before contract negotiations.


July 16, 2012 12:29 PM

Cal knows how to overtake as his last-to-sixth and other through-the-field races show. AND, he doesn't have to resort to dangerous and dirty moves to get past other riders. Maybe if he did he might get nearer to a foot on the podium?

He eats and sleeps - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 12:33 PM

My guess is all the Rossi fans are hiding his bad race by trying to bash cals miss fortunes at the start of races...........................

Only 1 second from the podium. Magic race where it takes the misfortune of 3 others for the great46 to get close.... It rains diamonds...

Brian C. - Unregistered

July 16, 2012 1:24 PM

So what I get from this is Cal saying:
A) I'm faster than Rossi
B) I was held up the entire race.
C) I'm glad to passed Nicky.

Lame. He caught Nicky only due to Bradl's stupid/rookie move, which he should man up like Stoner and apologize for. Had that not happened, Nicky would have had a chance to fight Dovi for a podium.

In other words, Cal and Rossi should be thanking Bradl. Nicky, for now on, should push right back and put those punks in their place.

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