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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oh yeah 46 - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 9:22 PM

if dovi beats cal this year ****Y,i'll eat my rossi cap (no ketchup!!) that aint gonna happen bud,if they spray JL's bike from last year black and yellow that should be ok for cal to do the biz!!! go on cal!!!marquez should be in a lot of gravel year one I think,his barging tactics no good here in motogp, year two maybe!

Md Zane - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 9:24 PM

Yorgi and Dani will fihgt for 1st and 2nd,Rossi and Marquez for 3rd and 4thm probably.

Will there come a point in the season when the Title goes out of Rossis grasp and with little chance of wins he goes back into cruise mode again,after all Agos win tally has got to be his biggesst target or another championship but I can't see that happening and I don't think he'll be prepared to risk injury for a possible 3rd place on the rostrum.

Cal should be happy with 5ths the same position I'm sure Stefan will be happy with.If Rossis head goes down and Marquez throws the bike(he will)that will be the only time these 2 will visit the rostrum.

TalentFan

January 17, 2013 9:47 PM

IMO, if Cal can't get a seat on a factory Yam or Honda, then he (like anyone else not on one of those) may as well chase a ride in WSBK (& hope to hell that Dorna haven't wrecked the racing by the time he gets there).

Why? Cos without the factory bike, then wins & a good shot at the WC are practically impossible.

MotoGP is a only a 4-horse event, so even if Cal has the talent to stuff em all he's never going to actually be able to. Better to take a shot at a WC where the outcome is far less er... pre-determined.

rusjel - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 9:58 PM

I think the reason Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner and now Rossi back on a Yamaha were and will be out front is because they are fantastic riders.

Cal had a great year last year and I hope Yamaha give him a good bike with the motor upgrades. If anything happens to the top three or there's a wet race he's in with a shout at a podium, a great result.

TalentFan

January 17, 2013 10:41 PM

"I think the reason Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner and now Rossi back on a Yamaha were and will be out front is because they are fantastic riders."

Yes, they are. But the fact remains that if you took the factory Yam or Honda of any one of the guys you mention away, that with it goes any chance of wins or a WC. These bikes are a big, BIG advantage over anything else on the track.

We can never say with absolute certainty that no-one else in the field couldn't win as they don't get the tools to have a fair shot against JL, DP, MM & VR. In special conditions a rider with a lesser bike may beat one or maybe 2 of these guys (maybe). But not them all.

TalentFan

January 17, 2013 11:10 PM

IMO if Suzuki come back into MotoGP with things as they stand, with testing restrictions and the huge data and set-up advantages with sorted bikes of their japanese rivals, then they are damned fools.

Why would they come back with the odds stacked against them so that their realistic expectation can only be to pad out the midfield, just like before?

I'd like to see more strength in depth in MotoGP just like everyone, but if I was calling the shots at Hammamatsu I'd see motoGP as a very expensive way to look decidely average.

TalentFan

January 17, 2013 11:20 PM

@ rusjel "Cal had a great year last year and I hope Yamaha give him a good bike with the motor upgrades. If anything happens to the top three or there's a wet race he's in with a shout at a podium, a great result."

Be a hell of a lot better though if the series was fair enough so that (if he proved to be good enough) that his bike was good enough to let him compete for the top step in the dry, & without having to depend on misfortune to the factory Yam & Honda riders first eh?

I can't see Cal being happy to settle for crumbs off the factory Honda & Yamaha table indefinitely. He wants to win & right now he knows he hasn't a cats chance as the performance deficit he's going to have IMO.

rusjel - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 12:39 AM

Well I guess Casey proved he was good enough to win races on a bike that wasn't a factory Honda or Yamaha.

Cal has to prove he is good enough to do the same.

Remember Dovi came into a team Cal was already established with and beat him handily in the championship.

The earn one of those bikes in 2014 Cal has to be the consistent standout of the rest and occasionally be nipping at the heels of the big four at the end of races.

rod99 - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 1:42 AM
Last Edited 703 days ago

Well I guess Casey proved he was good enough to win races on a bike that wasn't a factory Honda or Yamaha.

Cal has to prove he is good enough to do the same.

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