MotoGP » Crutchlow admits factory Ducati no longer an option

"It's not avaliable to ride! So I won't be riding it" - Cal Crutchlow.

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August 17, 2012 12:03 AM

Better for you cal!! If thinghs go wrong on the Ducati bike for 2013 you will laught at the tech 3 enjoying the new M1 for 2013 and riding close to the podium wille Dovi and Licky will have problems.. just be cool and wait for somethingh better..!!


August 17, 2012 12:16 AM

It's a shame, I think it would have been good for British racing if he got on a factory bike maybe opening the door for more brits to get factory rides in MotoGP... eventually.

On the bright side, with Rossi & Lorenzo both developing the M1 next year then Tech 3 doesn't look like such a bad option could probably still be better than the Ducati.


August 17, 2012 12:33 AM

Word is that Marlboro called the shots in making the decision and preferred an Italian rider. *Much* better for their sales/marketing than a Brit. As with many things in MotoGP right now, it's ultimately all about selling the product, and team slots will continue to be assigned on the basis of commercial value as much as anything else.

Like Spies, Crutchlow is now apparently considering a move back to WSBK, thus moving MotoGP a step further towards being a Spanish/Italian series.

Matt Schtick - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 1:42 AM

I cant see the Ducati suiting Dovi at all, he will be as hopeless as Marco and several other 'precision' riders were on it. From an armchair observer it seems the bike is a 'wring its neck and hang on' machine rather than a 'dead smooth wheels in line' type machine. Bad move Dovi.

Dylan - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 2:45 AM

LOL @Cal's fanboyz. Few days ago they were helping Cal to chose between Factory Yamaha Factory Ducati or even substituting Casey at Repson Honda. What's worse they believed Cal was the most hyped up thing in MotoGP since sliced bread! I few sorry for those dudes that now are saying all three options were bad lol and will come up with the perfect ride for him LOL.
Cal is not in the same league as the top guys and guys like Dovi all MotoGP teams can see that and everyone around the world but Cal's fanboyz (':rolleyes:')

myself - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 3:13 AM

It's laughable that he even thought that he had a change of a Yamaha factory ride for next year at the beginning of the season.

After his 2011 performance and his lackluster 2012 season so far (on the best privateer bike) he should be happy that he still is allowed to be at Tech3... but I think it has something to do with Herve not having any other options...

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