MotoGP » Crutchlow shrugs off crash, happy with improvements

Cal Crutchlow insists he is happy to be showing a marked improvement over his 2011 performance at Indianapolis, despite an FP1 tumble.

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August 18, 2012 12:03 PM
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Dovi is the more complete racer right now, there's no question about that. And so he should be, he's had 10 years' experience riding GP circuits and has been a MotoGP rider since 2008. That's a lot of riding at a very high level.

The fact that Cal is at his heels after only a season and a half suggests a pretty dramatic learning curve. The only question is to what level he can keep on improving to.


August 18, 2012 12:09 PM

Without a full Factory bike im doubtful we will ever know how good this guy can Be..I can't see him getting one anytime soon unless its a Ducati..and right now the Tech3 bike is a better ride.
Im surprised Ducati are going with Dovi over Cal,AD has road the best bikes in MotoGP and was never considered a huge threat and I think if he was going to win a title it would have happened by Now..But he is from Italy so...........

thespeedmaster - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 12:18 PM

The way to go,Carl !.there's always something you can take as precious lesson outta your're getting to the point of where your pushing limit is.So,don't fear . You know racing is never away from crashing and you've decided to take the challenge!
gooo fast,Carl!

Dovi Owns Carl - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 1:09 PM

Dovi was 4th fastest today and Carl 6th. Dovi has owned Carl all year, and the only Tech3 rider to get on the podium. But some of you still say Carl should get the Ducati ride.

Carls not a bad rider but get real!


August 18, 2012 1:11 PM

@ RocketR1

Problem with Ducati signing Cal is that it would have been a case of trying to catch 'lightning in a bottle' again. Finding that one single rider who can force results out of the bike isn't going to be of much help to them over the long term. They learned that with Casey. Maybe they've just gone for the guy who they believe will help them develop a better bike?


August 18, 2012 4:54 PM

I think it'll be a shame for Cal & for MotoGP if he goes to WSBK. As usual Don-R is the voice of reason here - for Cal to be improving at the rate he is, & to be so close to a rider of Dovi's pace & experience on the same bike in 1.5 seasons is pretty decent. To say that Dovi 'owns' Cal is just a *****ic statement.

MotoGP badly needs riders to bring some speed and competition to a series that's struggling for great racing to watch, so to lose a guy with Cal's pace and potential is bad for MotoGP and for us as race fans.

If he could get off the line a bit better that would be good. Maybe now's the time to take a punt at one of those 50/50 moves on Dovi now too if it comes to it, if that's what it takes to show if he really has got the pace to get away from Dovi, or at least make Dovi work like hell to try to get past Cal for a change.

I think I'd be happy to see Cal sign again for T3 at this point & ride the wheels off it to prove he's worthy.

Hemmy - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 6:09 PM

Its such a shame that the likes of Cal and Spies are even considering moving back to WSB. Both riders have so much more to offer, Cal especially.

On the other hand, it would make WSB even better than it already is, so hey ho, what will be will be.

We NEED more decent bikes on the grid because at the moment we have many worthy riders who deserve to be (or stay) in MotoGp but simply not enough bikes.

The riders know that they dont have a chance unless their on a decent factory bike so to have only 4 or so truely capable bikes with 3 (or maybe soon to be 4) aliens on the grid. As long as those guys keep winning, the other up and coming guys dont stand a chance of getting one of those 4 or so seats.

Its ruining the Sport.

Mal Groinhigh - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 8:23 PM

Dovi quicker again in final practice, 3rd vs 7th. Says it all really. Crutchlow losing his initial momentum. Back to WSBK or BSB. Should have kept his mouth shut earlier in the season.

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