MotoGP » Crutchlow pays heavy price for Sepang spill

'It has been a pretty disappointing weekend to be honest and another DNF has really hurt my chances of finishing fifth in the championship' - Cal Crutchlow

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October 22, 2012 11:58 AM

He thinks he MAY have lost the front due to standing water on the track? It was plain to anybody watching that there was a stream of water across the track in the braking zone for that turn.

Given the number of moments and crashes at that point in the space of about three laps it's pretty obvious that the water wasn't clearly visible to the riders. At speed and at track level it just all looks wet.

Of course the trouble is that there's no flag for this sort of situation. There are flags to indicate slippery surface for reasons other than rain, rain drops on the track and rain on the track, but not one for standing water or even running water when the track is otherwise wet. Such a flag would clearly have been useful yesterday.


October 22, 2012 1:38 PM

I wonder if Yamaha will give Cal (or Dovi) a factory M1 now that Spies is probably out for the last few races.

It's more likely they'll draft in Nakasuga again, but it would be more interesting to see one of the Tech 3 guys get a chance on factory equipment.

Ian S - Unregistered

October 22, 2012 1:40 PM

@Jesse James. If you are going to make ridiculous and uninformed comments, at least get the man's name correct. It is James Toseland and he achieved a darn sight more than you ever will.


October 22, 2012 1:48 PM

My opinion he is good but thats it not quite top class and i know a lot are going to disagree but thats ok to as thats your opinion. The bikes they have been riding this year are almost factory spec and dovi has been the better by far which is why ducati took him after first looking at cal . Mind you also my opinion having smith for his team mate will help him look better next year


October 22, 2012 2:07 PM

@ georgie

Nothing to stop any of Spies' low mileage factory motors or the factory software package being passed down to Tech 3. (Though I agree it's unlikely.)

@ kiwibob

Yep, Dovi has been better. He should be. This is his 11th season riding these circuits and his 5th in MotoGP. In his 2nd year - on a full factory Honda - he managed only 1 podium and amassed 160 points at season's end - not too dissimilar to what Crutchlow might tally this year.

For a valid comparison let's see how Cal is performing in his 5th year, and see how that stacks up against what Dovi managed this year. Fair?


October 22, 2012 2:07 PM

@Don-R I hear no suggestion that Spies will be out other than from you. He's a bit bruised that's all.

As Georgie says the factory ride is the factory ride, Dovi and Cal are contracted to Tech3, not Yamaha. The rules are pretty clear on two relevant points:

1. If a rider is withdrawn then the team has to nominate a replacement rider within ten days.

2. Riders must ride for the team they are contracted to.

So Yamaha wouldn't need to nominate a replacement for the next round, it's within the ten day limit. But they would HAVE to field a full team at Valencia - and so would Tech3. Tech3 would have to field Cal and Dovi unless they were injured. Which leaves us with Yamaha having to bring in a correctly licensed rider for Valencia. A lot would depend on who was available, but I suspect Nakasuga would be a popular choice at Yamaha.
We went through this when people were suggesting Bautista or Bradl for Stoner's ride.

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