MotoGP » Crutchlow: I expected to finish fifth

'I can't really ask for more than that and I'm pleased with my lap times because my bike is almost identical to the bike I rode last year' - Cal Crutchlow

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th - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 2:29 PM

Super riding by Cal, if he had similar machinery he would have been amongst the top four , but so close on inferior bike and on a track that suits the works bikes more .Would it not be great to more riders on the very best machinery


February 07, 2013 3:27 PM

seeing stoner is no longer riding i'll be happy to root for cal , he is a great aggressive rider and speaks his mind as well .
also i wouldn't mind seeing a pom mingle with the top guys , its yet to see what kind of finale package yam will give him this year but if he keeps this up i can't see why they wouldn't give him a few extra cookies from the jar.

bigmart - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 4:01 PM

Dacron - Cal is the closest thing we've got to an Ozzie! Us POMs seem to admire Ozzies for being focussed, successful, a bit arrogant and speaking their minds - but if its a Brit then they criticise him for it.
Eg "he should stop making excuses, talking about it...and get on with it" when all he is doing is responding to a question a reported with a microphone aks him! I loved Stoner cos he called a spade a f***ing shovel when asked! Sure he complained (but no-more than anyone else - its just he got asked more often!
No doubt all the whingers will turn on Bradley Smith now!

jfc1 - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 8:27 PM

gotta love that "my bike is almost the same as it was last year" :)

is that a good sign for some of these parts making it to production R1s or what!!!!!!


February 07, 2013 8:50 PM

Sepang has neve been a strong track for Cal but his best time from this test is almost half a second faster than he's ever managed around here before. Based on that, you'd have to think the improvement curve from last year is still ongoing, and that when we get to tracks he does go well on (e.g. Brno, Philip Island, Silverstone) he'll have more to offer still.

Hopefully Yamaha will maintain a good level of support to Tech 3 this year, so that the bikes don't get left behind by the competition.

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