MotoGP » Crutchlow conquers final MotoGP pre-season test

"We are still working very hard with the Yamaha, but it's going to be a big battle in Qatar" - Cal Crutchlow.

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March 26, 2013 10:57 PM

Nice effort Cal, and nice pic with the tilting (mild) minger... Although, a fast, one off test lap doesn't mean a lot, Cal strung quite a few fast laps in succession, so he appears to have a competitive pace. Rossi was much less consistent on day 3, but he might have had a different work plan. Hopefully Cal can mix it with Rossi this year, and learn something from him - maybe even beat him sometimes - at least until the factory bikes get the inevitable mid-season tweaks.

Lorenzo looks ominously and consistently fast, and seems to be able to crank out race pace laps like clockwork.

Redda Bulla - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 1:29 AM

You guys do realise Cal was around the same position as Smith when Cal started in 2011, and still fairly slow at end of 2011. Give Bradley a chance for crying out loud, aren't most of you British?


March 27, 2013 3:49 AM

Nick636, I may have meant like Edwards and never getting a win, but after more careful consideration, it seems this year might be his best chance yet. After all, Elias did it in '06. I am also sure Cal is relieved he stalled in signing with Ducati. He wants glory, not money, and that's winner's mentality. He's in a much better seat where he is.


March 27, 2013 6:08 AM

@ grendlehop

DEAD RIGHT! Maybe he even gets a factory bike next year if Yamaha are nice?

Though I can still see Dovi and the new found interest from Audi group turning that bike around. I do think this will be a pretty exciting season though (for a change!!!)


Cal vs Edwards - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 9:44 AM

Some mention on here about Cal being the next Colin Edwards and never getting a win.. well the big difference thus far is Col did have a full factory Yamaha ride as team mate to Rossi.

pp916 - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 10:04 AM

Great effort by Cal but if you listen to that interview on gpone he is already 3 steps behind the factory bikes in terms of chassis, swingarm etc, he's still on last year's bike and as the season progresses the difference in equipment will grow. Its a pity Yamaha can't treat their satellite riders as well as Honda but as always it comes down to money I guess. All he can do is get the max out of what he's got and hope that the factory take note, honour their commitment to give him support/upgrades and throw the team some scraps.

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