MotoGP » Crutchlow: Dovizioso was faultless

Cal Crutchlow notches up another top five finish for Tech 3 Yamaha at Laguna Seca to consolidate an identical position in the overall standings.

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190mph - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 9:40 AM

"...and I certainly wasn't going to risk taking us both out in such an important race for Yamaha and Monster."

Oh enough with this **** kissing Cal. Where's the fighting spirit gone? You're sounding like someone sucking upto the boss desperate to keep a ride not some ferocious fighting Honey Badger willing to do whatever is necessary to make a pass and hunt down a podium.

“It was a good battle with Ben for the first 20 laps and I feel sorry for him because it was building up to be a good fight between the three of us at the end....."

What battle? What fight was going to happen seeing as you couldn't even get passed Dovi? And ANOTHER poor start where Cal seems to be the only top six rider who losses positions before the first corner.


July 30, 2012 9:50 AM

Decent ride from Cal, but his races recently have been very passive in terms of fighting for position, and I'm getting the impression that he's under instruction from Tech 3 to play it safe and build up a healthy championship position.

Now that he's done that though, perhaps we can look forward to him being a bit more ambitious going into the second half of the year. Being a consistent finisher is all well and good - and very handy for the constructor's title - but you can't stand still in this game for long, and he needs to take the next step forward now and overcome that small but vital deficit in racecraft.

190mph - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 10:10 AM

I blooming well hope so Don-R as Cal, after such a promising start to the year, seems to be fizzling out with each passing race. And I'd really like to know why Cal cannot get that bike off the line like the other M1 riders. His starts are killing his race before it's really begun.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 10:15 AM

It was a much better start than usual from Crutchlow and he only lost one position, however that was to Dovi. It is only to be expected that Dovi as the more experienced rider will get better starts, but Cal needs to improve further.

It is very hard to pass at Laguna because of sand / dirt off the racing line. I saw very little passing other than from the front three and the crucial pass from Stoner came when Lorenzos anti-wheelie electronics over pegged the throttle.

english alan - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 10:18 AM

His weakness is his passing ability,he qualifies well and his race pace is better than Dovi's but again Cal was passed at the start and he couldnt repass. This is happening every race, however on a positive note if Cal improves on this aspect of his riding he could run at the front, but at the moment his team mate is beating him


July 30, 2012 10:29 AM

@ Sick Cylinder

Very true about Laguna, Sick. Dovi was right with Spies until he went a little off line to try for a pass and got on the dirty stuff, causing him to lose vital time.

However, it's not just this one race where Cal has been content to sit behind someone, it happened with Rossi at Mugello too. It's almost like he's just happy to watch and learn and bag decent points for now. Handy for the team and for his championship, but I hope it changes.

iRONIC - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:07 AM

Ask yourself this, would Dovi had been as polite if Cal had got ahead of him at the start ?? i think not !! Dovi would have hounded Cal and would have attempt the pass. I'm sorry but all the BS from Cal is just a cover for not being able to pass Dovi !! Where's the passion ? where's the fight ? if you knock him off then so be it.. Nice guys don't win !!

english alan - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:09 AM

Cal's strong point is his cornering speed, out on his own he's very fast but as he closes someone down he can't use that mid corner speed to pass them, how many times have we seem him run wide to avoid another rider mid corner. I think Cal's trying hard to pass he just hasn't got the race craft, yet. He's made a big jump this year, it all depends if he can do the same next year.

PatrickD - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 11:23 AM

No, Cal shouldn't have knocked his teammate off. Laguna is a kart track and unless there's an error, it's tough to pass. Having some respect for your team and teammate will stand Cal in good stead. He's building up points well and wants to show a top team how he can manage a race. A better circuit would have him showing a wheel to Dovi, but he's done all right at Laguna.

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