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'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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jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 5:30 AM

@ Realist:

Cal has done nothing to deserve a factory bike. Being a one lap specialist, getting only 1/3 of your teammates podiums and getting beat by 60 points does not warrant factory material. The first aim in motorsport is to beat your teammate. And Cal didn't even manage that in the 2 years he has been in Motogp. Fast 1 off laps aren't enough. Rossi is a mutiple world championship. That's why he is back on a factory bike.


April 05, 2013 6:35 AM

@ nikisan

I doubt his machinery is quite factory spec, but I doubt they're gonna give him a banger to race. Crutch will surprise.

@ Crunchlow

What would you call last year then? I reckon what he did was a significant improvement if ever I saw obe. He was CONSTANTLY ahead of the satellite Hondas and his team mate (Dovi) is SUPER talented and has a lot more experience and they mixed it up regularly with Crutch getting the upper hand a few times.

a bike fan - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 6:54 AM

I've followed cal for years and he's always been a character, He's also a very nice bloke to meet. es he speaks his mind has great confidence in his ability, which comes across as arrogance but if he didn't have this he wouldn't be where he is.
His first year in motogp , sucked the 800 and him were not compatible, a completely different 1000cc machine, bang, he was on it. Front row positions quicker than his team mate, his issue last year from what i noticed, was handling the bike with cold tyres and a heavy fuel load, cal would be running front runners pace mid distance .
As he even stated himself, Dovi's lines last year were perfect and his braking was strong, it was also obvious that cal was the quicker of the two but by this point behind dovi, hence the tech 3 two being together lap after lap on camera
cal would then push and tuck the front, school boy errors but what you gonna do when you know your faster, stay behind him or do you think the racer in you would say I can do it?

a bike fan - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 6:56 AM

dovi has how much experience on these tracks? cal has 2yrs worth of laps at most tracks, i think he'd been to three before stepping up to gp.
Also as cal has stated no updates to his m1 and he's 3 chassis behind thats a lot and he wont see an upgrade till the 4th race.
Cal needs to sort his heavy fuel load and cold tyres and jobs a good un, you can make a fast rider not crash but you cant make a slow rider fast!

eminusx - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 7:29 AM

I think Cal is gonna have quite a few lonely treks across the line this season. . . by the end of the race its gonna be clear he needs better machinery to keep up with the top 4, and he'll show he deserves it in the gap back to the next rider.
Probably be a few tussles with Marquez and Rossi, and Bradle and Bautista in some races but he's sat in the middle right now and it aint gonna get any better on that satellite yam.
Give this guy some technology and let him prove himself!!!

Mal Groinhigh - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 8:40 AM
Last Edited 969 days ago

Its true, Dovi wiped the floor with Crutchlow last year. Crutchlow needs some results, not just one off quick , or he will be making way for someone else. Period.

Conger - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 9:36 AM

It seems to me every year the Tech 3 bikes start the season as quick as the factor bikes. But as the year progresses, they just don't get the upgades the full factor bikes get.

Carl, is proving time and time again just haw fast the boy is. Which for the vast majority of us was suprise as he seemed to be picked a bit out of the blue.

Go Carl, your time will come, if you ever get good sponsorship.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 10:33 AM

It would seem that the followers of a certain idol are kinda sensitive to Cal being in front of him......

And the fantasy that the Tech 3 bike is the equal of the current factory bikes is laughable.....its common public knowledge that Tech 3 have started on the bikes that finished last season with only minor upgrades, the chassis is the one that the works team started LAST season on FFS!

As the weak link in the works Yamaha team Rossi has got to be Cal's target this year, and possibly Marquez if he turns out not to have full race pace or consistency until he settles into the class.

The underdog billing is serious motivation for a guy of Cal's mindset.


April 05, 2013 11:07 AM

@ pp916

Yep, the Tech3 chassis is several development cycles down from the works kit and offers better drive out of corners with less wheelying (which is why the works team are running it of course). Data comparison shows the benefit equating to something like a possible .2s a lap - currently more than the deficit from P2 to pole.


April 05, 2013 11:10 AM
Last Edited 969 days ago

There's still more practice & qualifying to go, so besting Casey's record is still possible. Another thing to consider is the fact that there is one less engine available, so tuning things down a bit for longevity will cause a slight decrease in performance. Different tire specs & weather should be considered as well. This is the first year they've run MotoGP first on the second day of practice too, so the track will be rather green, or should I say brown from the sand/dust accumulated overnight. Different year, different conditions/circumstances=different expectations. Ooops! Meant to post this in the Yamaha article.

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