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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TalentFan

March 27, 2013 2:07 PM

People saying Cal won't impress without poles and wins - I do wish these ppl would actually LOOK at the situation before spouting nonsense.

CC is on a Sat bike. Which means what these idiots demand from Cal, is to beat the likes of DP, VR, JL & MM who all have a significant team/budget/equipment advantage over him (not to mention other Sat bikes like Bradl etc.). Oh, is that all - not hard to impress these couch-driving 'experts' is it eh?

For Cal to be consistently top 5 would ably demonstrate his quality. Podiums might be possible, but wins are virtually impossible. Its just how it is.

the sad thing is theres every possibillity of call never getting factory spec bikes now that rossis back in the yam factory ride.. no slur on rossi. its just a real shame a rider like call maxing out a satellite bike wk in wk out may never get the spec to show his full potential... i know he could be in a worse team but i think he could be a real contender on a works yam . on sunday he did a great run on worn tyres and has been working hard on his race pace to the point tnat call may be an even better rider this year but will need luck to get close to a podium this year

Joeyz - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 8:01 PM

@ shaken, ok so if not a win, how about a pole? Spies did it in 2010 with the satellite yam as a rookie so it can be done for sure by crutch this year. The bottom line is he needs to accomplish more than he did last year to show he hasnt peaked if he wants a factory ride. And @ worthy, if crutch had a factory spec bike he would be a whopping tenth of a second faster MAYBE. It's not a night and day difference like a lot of people think. If jlo was riding the sat spec yam, I guarantee you he would be capable of winning races.

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 3:36 AM

Joeyz is right. Cal has done nothing so far that makes Yamaha think that they must have Cal on factory machinery. He is a fast qualifier, but that's it. He only got a quarter of Dovi's podiums last year and finished 60 points behind him. That isn't particularly impressive. The difference between the satellite and factory spec is nowhere near the difference that people pretend it is. Ask Spies or Dovizioso. Spies had the same amount of points on the satellite Yam in 2010 as he did on the factory one in 2011. And this year on the factory bike was his worst season. And Dovizioso results on the factory Honda and the sattelite Yam were virtually indistinguishable. Cal on a factory bike still wouldn't consistently beat the aliens. Yamaha no this, and that is why they aint giving him a factory bike.

Nick636

March 28, 2013 5:03 AM

@ Talentfan

Very true post.

AND LET US NOT FORGET, Bradl's "satellite" bike is supposedly a factory machine as well.

I hope Bradl goes really well this year and I am routing for Cal too.

eminusx - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 6:48 AM

after the great battles between Cal and Dovi on last years satellite yams, its gonna be interesting to see the difference between Cals satellite and Dovi's factory Duc this year.

Ok, Dovi is in virgin territory with the Duc, but their comparable talents should show just how big a problem it is riding the Ducati.

TalentFan

March 28, 2013 2:14 PM

Simply put, Yamaha & Honda want the penny & the bun. In their perfect scenario's, then they both want their respective satellite bikes to be able to take points away from their competitor factories, while at the same time NOT taking points away from their own factory and title-sponsored Factory Squad.

This is tricky. As Yam don't have a title sponsor unlike HRC, then perhaps they would allow Tech3's bikes to be pretty close to factory spec (but it seems that depends on if they can afford to). HRC have the bucks, but don't want to upset Repsol.

If they can get away with it (& I think they can), then I think HRC will give Bradl a very good bike, but will impose terms like 'team orders' to prevent Bradl taking points off a Repsol bike, but beat as many Yams as he can. Maybe Yam would like to do the same, but they don't have the title-sponsor money (Catch 22 eh?).

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 4:03 PM

@TalenFan:

And where is the evidence that Satellite Honda's aren't not "allowed" to beat the Repsol Honda's??? History doesn't support this myth. Otherwise Rossi wouldn't have beaten the Repsols in 2001, Gibernau & Biaggi wouldn't have beaten Barros in 2004, Melandri wouldn't have beaten Biaggi in 2005, and Dovi wouldn't have beaten Hayden in 2008. Or do you honestly think Bautista and Bradl would consistently beat Pedrosa and Marquez on factory bikes. I for one don't. Repsol are just being smarter than they were in the past. Now they make sure the best Honda riders are on their bike, it's that simple. That wasn't always the case in the past. And with only 4 bikes per manufacturer, this is easier to accomplish

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