MotoGP » Crutchlow crash scuppers career best finish


Cal Crutchlow looked on course for a second place finish in the 2012 season-ending Valencia Grand Prix, only to fall in the closing stages.

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fastfisheye

November 12, 2012 1:38 AM

Cal has the speed for sure but in 2012 he has made mistakes he should have left behind in his rookie year. He needs to step up, in consistency, and he will be fine. Having said that there will be more riders next year potentially faster than him. (MM+VR-CS)

meatlovers - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 3:47 AM

dont hard on urself cal
still its amazing season than last years
u show u had the speed
now its time for consistency

BTW ur performance this years amazed lots of peoples
i didnt expected tech3's bikes could get a podiums

BenSugden - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 8:50 AM

There are a lot more experienced racers that have fallen off more than Cal this season. Jorge got chucked off for throwing himself at the back of James Ellison who was in the middle of a sharp chicane. World Champion who's a long way in front should know to be patient through turns like that before passing the back marker. Leave Cal alone. He's pushing hard to get the places we want and expect him to get and he's clearly fast enough. I'm seeing big things for him next year. More experience of the circuits and places will be similar, although Stoner has gone but Rossi is back at Yamaha. Marquez won't be up to much i don't think. MotoGP is a different ball game to Moto2

Hemmy - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 10:22 AM

Ok i realise that theres a few bitter fans of a certain rider who are quick to jump on Cal whenever they can, but your not kidding anyone with your hate comments.

Cal has been all year, and regardless of being beaten by Rossi and Bautista in the championship, Cal has been consistently quicker than both of them.

In fact, on the whole, Cal has only been slower than JL, CS and DP.

So if Cal has been so bad like some of these bitter fans would have us beleive, then what hope do the rest of the slower guys have?

Get real guys, lose the bitterness and enjoy the sport. :-)

th - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 10:37 AM

Surprisingly disappointed for Cal , and taking on board some of his critics ,I looked back to the later races and see that in the last races on three occasions when he has not finished he has been lying 4th , 3rd and 2nd , two in the wet he fell off , his fault, and one out of petrol .While I am not an English fan, looking below the surface he has actually been agonisingly close to serious points .Still it is up to him to find the consistency and not get too frustrated, while I am a fan of other riders , Spies , and Bradl has been excellent, I feel we have not seen the best or last of Mr.Crutchlow who like him or not does bring something different and to the grid

samas

November 12, 2012 11:26 AM

@Yellow Leader.
While pushing harder and binning it, which was his fault.
However running out of fuel was hardly his fault and had he finished that race he would have finished higher than your beloved idol.

Don-R

November 12, 2012 11:29 AM

@ th

Excellent post, couldn't agree more. It's clear the speed is there, but consistency is king in MotoGP. In the end it's been the DNF's that have finally torpedoed Cal's season and that's where he'll want to improve next year. It'll be intriguing to see if he can step up again in 2013.

Damien IE - Unregistered

November 12, 2012 12:03 PM

Brits should know Brucey's motto by now "Points make prizes"

consistency is key and lorenzo has finished 2nd when he hasn't won

to finish first, first you have to finish

Close too many times but crashing out at this stage should be something he left behind in his rookie year.
If he's trying to be a front end guy then he needs to learn something from Colin Edwards.

Don-R

November 12, 2012 1:56 PM

4 I think? (Indy, Misano, Sepang & Valencia.) Spies, Bradl & Hayden have been down a few times too, but I'm not sure what their totals are. Crash.net usually publish a table of crash stats as part of their season round up.

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