MotoGP » Crutchlow: Competition is tougher this year

'The top two will be Jorge and Dani Pedrosa again, without a shadow of a doubt. They will be there week in and week out' - Cal Crutchlow

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rsv4ryan - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 4:49 PM

If he manages 3 to 4 podiums on the Yamaha with those top riders he should at least get a satalite ride with factory support. I can see him replacing Hayden in 2014 on the Ducati. Hopefully Hayden will go to WSBK as I think he'd be deadly in that series.


January 17, 2013 5:08 PM

I like Cal as a rider, and at least he has some personality. I don't think he's being pessimistic when he says 'a few podiums' either.
Its clear as the nose on your face... just like last year, there's 4 bikes which nothing else out there should be able to get NEAR by the flag in a dry race. So barring incident / rain thats the top 4 spots sewn up then. Ben Spies had a 'mare on one in 2012 so that opened up a place nearer the box. Casey mayt be gone but his factory missile is still there for Marquez.
It'll take one or more of the factory Yam and/or HRC pilots to under-perform to give anyone else a shot at a 3rd, let alone higher. You can't blame Cal or any other rider for realising this fact.


January 17, 2013 5:09 PM

it really depends on the bike Yamaha provide and help they give him with updated parts though the year.
if it ends up like the 800cc days where the bike is a good year n half behind then he will not get higher than 5th at best sadly


January 17, 2013 5:15 PM

I've said this before, but its worth repeating... if ANY of JL, DP, MM or VR finish in 4th at the end of a dry race then they are basically LAST in the only group with comparable kit, in a small select race of their own at the front.
So 4th means very different things to riders. To any of the above 4th is last - 5th or lower is a disaster.

To Cal or any othe rest, then 5th is realistically as close to a win as they should be able to achieve with the advantage the Japanese factory bikes have. Which means that a dry 4th is like a win, while a dry podium is a BIG deal. A dry win for anyone other than the big 4 would be a miracle.


January 17, 2013 5:23 PM

You gotta love it... within moments my last post has a disagree. Disagree with what exactly? The truth? The logic? Its hard to see where anyone can come up with a reasoned valid argument to disagree with what is just common sense IMO.

Hmmm - or maybe some folks just can't bear the idea that their hero could come in fourth and be considered to have failed perhaps? I can think of no other explanation.


January 17, 2013 5:44 PM

"You gotta love it... within moments my last post has a disagree. Disagree with what exactly? Posted by TalentFan"
Maybe someone is posting disagree's as a get-back for some earlier topic? If they disagree, but don't post their reasons it must be purely for mischief.
Ignore 'em.

Mr. Blistershifter - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 5:51 PM

I've met, and chatted, with Cal and i will tell you he is tough, capable, realistic and funny. There are so many factors in MGP with regards to doing well. No one can deny Rossi and Spies' talents but look what bad luck or the wrong bike can do to a great rider. I'm glad we have Cal and all the others to fill the grids. Mgp, however, should revert back to a prototype only class ( no CRT ) to keep it exciting and interesting.

Marc - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 5:53 PM

Cal has done better then I thought he would but he's only being realistic in terms of the talent and conditions. I'm not surprised he didn't mention Dovi not as a slight but more so about the level of competition at Duc these days. If he has a couple of podiums he'll have done well but he's not at the level of the top guys. Nevertheless, hope him well.

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