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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herewego - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 11:07 AM

They should all be riding the exact same bike, no electronics, nothing! That would show who had real talent and who relied on aides and a better bike than all the rest - proper racing!! I would just love to see it!!!

Billace - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 3:50 PM

Simo was on a factory bike with HRC engineers in his crew. He really didn't accomplish much on track in MotoGP and I could never see him replacing Caswey or Dani at Repsol before his tragic accident. I don't think they would have given him the nod over Marquez if that decision had to be made.

Rossi proved he was wrong on two counts. Its not 80/20 rider/bike like he claimed. Its also not 80/20 its probably closer to 50/50. A great rider will amplify the strengths of a bike and limit the weaknesses. The better the bike/rider combo the better the resulst. Put guys with Talent like Jorge and Dani on solid platforms and they will be hard to beat. Stoner is the anomoly in the equation, Cal has not shown he is one. Last years bike was very close to factory spec, he said it himself, it will only get harder for him which I think is true no matter what bike spec he's on. I also think he'll be racing with the same guys this year as last.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 6:27 PM

Rossi and Lorenzo are very talented riders,no arguments from me there.But i do think they won their titles because they were on superior bikes.Rossi has proved beyond doubt over the last 2 years, that he needs the best kit to win.Lorenzo would not have won the title this year if he was on a satellite bike,regardless of his awesome talent.Everyone who has won the title for as far back as i care to remember has been on a bike that was the best THAT YEAR,and it was always a factory machine.Regardless of how talented the rider is,that cannot be a coincidence.As Billace has just said,Stoner was the anomaly in the equation.He could win a race on a bike that was clearly inferior to the Yams and Hondas.But he was a one off whos talent was quite exceptional.but i dont think even he would have put a satellite on the top of the podium.The bottom line is,to win the title,you have to be on a factory bike AND have the talent to make the most of it.

Busa Boy. - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 8:02 PM

Let us take Rossi as an example as he is the most successful rider in modern times.
Does anyone think he would have won his 7 premier class titles if he had not been on a full factory bike?
Be honest.
In fact,would anyone over the last 10 years have won the championship on a sat bike?
Personally i think not.Now what is that telling you?
The bike has to be the deciding factor.You can have as much skill as you like,if you do not have the bike,you will not win the title.

TalentFan

January 19, 2013 8:23 PM

@ Busa Boy. Absolutely - spot on.

As I keep saying - MotoGP is a 4-horse race. And one of those horses is a rookie, while another is a veteran coming off the back of 2 very poor seasons. Logic suggests than that (as Crutchlow said) its really only a 2-horse race between JL & DP.

As these 2 race different brands, the if say the Honda proves to be a better package (as the tail-end of 2012 would suggest), then it could even be a 1-horse race.

So... not REALLY a race or a championship at all then!

Anyone expecting on-track fireworks (like we are in WSBK) in MotoGP? No, thought not.

TalentFan

January 20, 2013 11:01 AM

@ Billace "Simo was on a factory bike with HRC engineers in his crew. He really didn't accomplish much on track in MotoGP and I could never see him replacing Caswey or Dani at Repsol before his tragic accident. I don't think they would have given him the nod over Marquez if that decision had to be made.

Lets not forget #58 was still on a San Carlo / Gresini bike (which is not permitted to beat Repsol HRC). The fact that he ran so high so often (even if he fell off), and his 100% commitment & bravery (ably demonstrated by his tragic crash), suggest that he really was a great talent. The way things were going then as well for DP, I think MS would have deposed DP at HRC, & the MotoGP line-up would look very different.

MC's MotoGP experience and proven speed, plus his personality & fan popularity would have got him the seat ahead of Marquez IMO. A great loss to m/c sport.

billace - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 2:19 PM

I know tragedy often glorifies history a bit but Simo never really raced with the front runners aside from taking them out in the first few corners. Crutchlow on a true sat bike outperformed his results.

Just like Cal, Dove got the best of both of them and that's where I would put all three of the riders I named, firmly in the 2nd tier. This is not becuase of the bike they are riding either in my opinion.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 8:23 PM

Does anyone think he would have won his 7 premier class titles if he had not been on a full factory bike?
Be honest.
In fact,would anyone over the last 10 years have won the championship on a sat bike?
Busa Boy.

I see noone has answered your question mate.The reason being that the answer is a big fat NO!
Noone is ever going to win a world title riding a satellite bike,i dont care how much talent they have.
And that includes Rossi,Lorenzo and Pedro!

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