MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Flying Crutchlow splits Lorenzo, Rossi


'As the track conditions improve some of the rest will get faster and it is still going to be very tough to be on the podium' - Cal Crutchlow

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nikisan - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 9:42 PM

it's a shame, with rossi now at yamaha there's really no higher cal go right now. and with how fast he was last season and now again it annoys me to think he'll never truly race for the win due to his equipment. i think he could mix it up with the aliens if he was given the right machinery

Crunchlow - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 10:12 PM

Let me guess.. Crutch would have gone SOOOO much faster if he was on a factory bike. All this shows is how close in spec the factory bikes are to the satellites. No excuses for crutch this year. 3rd years the charm. time to see some significant improvement from him.

King Kenny - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 10:20 PM

Oh, Cal will find excuses, no doubt. But the fact remains that, on his first season on a Yamaha, Dovizioso wiped the floor with him last year. Cal is a good and talented rider, but he could never fill Lorenzo's shoes, or Rossi's or Pedrosa's. As long as those guys are around, and as long as talented rookies like Marquez and probably Espargaro next season arrive to MotoGP, he won't find a better bike to ride than the one he's currently riding.

He has't achieved yet half of what Spies achieved on the Tech3 bike. He should at least match that performance before he starts crying for factory support.

Great rider. Even greater mouth.

Grendlehop

April 04, 2013 10:51 PM
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There's no doubt that Cal is fast, and it seems like now, at the start of the season, the satellite bike is close in performance to the factory. This won't be the case come summer though. Plus, one can see that even though he's split Jorge & vale by the very slightest of measurable margins, he's clearly on the brink of crashing, with the bike flailing about beneath him. Jorge & Vale appeared to be testing the limits in a more methodical manner, never looking like they'd yet found it. I like Cal quite a bit, but am afraid it's probably true that he's on the best bike he'll be getting.

King Kenny - Unregistered

April 04, 2013 11:11 PM

Ezpeleta knew because Rossi was already dealing with Yamaha at the time, and it made sense for both parts that they'd reach an agreement.

Rossi has actually accepted to reduce his salary drastically in order to ride for Yamaha. Still, he's the 2nd best paid rider on the grid, behind Lorenzo.

I personally would have liked to see Dovi on the Factory Yamaha, but Rossi is the best and most secure option to put on that bike. Marquez has potential to be even greater, but he has yet to prove himself in MotoGP and he wasn't available.

Like it or not, Rossi deserves that bike more than anyone else.

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