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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Evel ken Evil - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 8:58 AM

As a brit id obviously like Cal to win but.....

ill predict his results will be a little further down the field compared to last year because...

the gap between factory and customer spec yam will have widened, bradl will only get better this year as .its his second year,Rossi's back on a bike he likes and really...if cal wanted to progress from last year, he needed some kind of factory support for this year...

so i precdict regular..7s and 6ths places


January 18, 2013 10:08 AM

Crutchlow will only podium if another rider falls off. Rossi beat cal in the championship last year on a bike rossi didn't get on with. Cals got no chance with marquez and rossi on competitive bikes, and thats the trouble with motogp. A talented rider like cal who is capable of winning , wont because of the bike.

billie_morini - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 10:37 AM

Crutchlow says, "“But I've proven my speed and if I can improve again like last season and make that jump again, I can be even nearer to the front. I look forward to the challenge.”

Sound advice says, "Don't crash! Finish the race! Speed is useless, if you don't cross the finish line."

RonM - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 12:14 PM

I know Marquez is a threat but he needs to realise that this year he's on a machine that is alot faster and will get him into trouble far quicker than his Moto 2 bike did and he made some serious errors in judgement more than once riding that (as others found out to their cost)So whilst there is no denying he has got talent he has to realise that there are more riders on the track than just him if he doesn't want more serious consequences than he has already experienced.


January 18, 2013 12:26 PM

@ RonM. I agree. This may well help Rossi to get on the box with his Factory Yamaha, but will only help Cal in a 'Ben Spies 2012' way - i.e. the potential for one spot nearer the champagne, but still watching somebody else drink it.
Unless MM skittles one or more of Jl / DP / VR lot at the same time that is.
We have to be fair and realistic to all the guys without the Factory yams & HRC's. If the 4 with the big bike advantage stay on, then a great dry performance for Cal on a satellite bike is 5th. Higher than that is either very, very special or very lucky IMO.

notquite - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 2:33 PM

@lctanner.. a rider capable of winning races?? Of course he is.. in wss! even if he was on a full factory bike, a rider who is only capable of 2 3rd place finishes in 2 years is NOT a rider capable of winning races. This is why crutch will always be a satellite rider, there are just too many riders better than him. not saying hes a bad rider, he's about 5 riders down the list though. and @god.. you have to joking right? capirossi won't win more than 4 races.

RonM - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 4:21 PM

@notquite as far as I remember no one on a satellite machine has won in MotoGP so your statement is not true because I believe on a factory machine Cal would be more than capable of getting on the top spot he proved what he was capable of (on a satellite bike last season)and to boot beat Ben Spies on the factory bike.It's all a matter of luck at the end of the day anyway,whether it be good or bad for any of them

99 Crystal Ball - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 4:22 PM

Not saying crutchlow doesn't deserve to be in motogp but there are a lot of riders ahead of him in terms of talent...jerginz.

Like who?
Dovi and Crutchlow were on identical machines.Dovi beat Crutchlow because he is a better rider.No arguments there.Of course the rider makes a difference.Just ask Casey Stoner!
But If factory and satellite bikes are the same,why hasnt a satellite bike won a race?
Why do the satellite riders all want to get on the factory bikes?
Simple.The factory bikes are superior.


January 18, 2013 4:51 PM

Generally I agree with 99 Crystal Ball's post.

I do think though that Dovi (who I rate) beat Cal with experience rather than with outright pace. Cal in his 2nd season was expected to get buried by most by Dovi, and instead he worried the hell out of him.

100% on the satellite v factory point. Elias, in his finest hour took a Satellite win back in 2006 - by a whisker. No-one has really looked like getting close, even in the wet. In fact, Dovi himself is the guy that did better than anyone overall for satellite podiums just last season - but even though he did great, we have to temper that with the fact that Spies horror year made that easier for a start.

The HRC's & Yam factory bikes are a step above all the satellite bikes - Gresini don't even get to use Ohlins as well, cos Honda want it developed (IMO).

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