MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Crutchlow 'frustrating' fifth after factory fight

“After the way I had been performing in practice and qualifying, finishing fifth is a little bit frustrating” – Cal Crutchlow.

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April 09, 2013 11:49 AM
Last Edited 1117 days ago

No-one with a brain and an honest appraisal won't say that the standouts in MotoGP weren't Rossi & Marquez.
Jorge got it off the line & could then maximise his bikes attributes without interference to pull away & did the perfect run as well.
But there are 'LAD's' out there who are lying to themselves & us with some outrageously biased nonsense, mixed with unnecessary bile and vitriol when referring to Cal's ride. Distasteful IMO.
The T3 couldn't hold a slipstream, but CC got the bike back on the tail of the HRC's lap after lap.
Rossi was great - but his bike IS better. The performance on the fast straight was very, VERY noticeable of VR's bike over CC's satellite, which aided VR's challenge.
Was Cal the best? No. But he didn't deserve the unfair bashing the couch cretins dealt out. The top 4 bikes were top 4. CC did the best with the kit he had IMO.


April 09, 2013 1:13 PM
Last Edited 1117 days ago

"The performance on the fast straight was very, VERY noticeable of VR's bike over CC's satellite"

I'm not so sure that there's much if anything of a difference in speed between the satellite and factory M1s. Rossi was also much faster than JL later in the race, and I think the reason was that both Cal and JL switched to a lean burn map to avoid running out of fuel. I don't think Rossi did - or at least not until he'd caught the Hondas.

Significantly, Rossi was the only Yamaha rider to run out of fuel on the slow-down lap . So I think perhaps he threw caution to the winds and didn't change maps, causing his to appear to have greater speed and acceleration on a lighter fuel load.


April 09, 2013 1:37 PM

@ Don-R Interesting thought and observation about the map switch and fuel situation!

Hindsight is great etc. and I'm only wondering but..... given that Cal was being held up in the corners by the HRC's, might it not have been a better strategy to have run the fuel save strategy earlier on and use his cornering to keep DP & MM in sight, and then switch to the full map for a last couple of laps assault when the HRC's tyre wear left them (well Dani anyway) more vulnerable?

As for Rossi - well if he DID take that gamble well it certainly paid off! It was a close run thing & it could have gone the other way! Interesting stuff.


April 09, 2013 2:37 PM

@ Talent fan.....Marc pulled the plug on the straight and went past Rossi as though he was on a CRT. Be interesting to hear Rossi's take on that.

"couch cretins".....I like it, I wish I had come up with that one.
I wonder if Crash will leave it in?


April 09, 2013 2:48 PM

Nobody knows if, or how, much superior the Works Yams are but Cal should be pleased with his performance. His fastest lap was just 0.048sec slower than Rossi's. Who knows what would happen if Cal got a Works Yam, maybe he should ask Ben?

Busa Boy. - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 2:57 PM

If there is no noticable difference between the satellite and factory bikes,why are the riders itching to get off the satellites and on to the factory bikes?
Why would Yamaha spend all that money to develop the factory bike and the millions to employ riders like Rossi and Lorenzo,then go and give equal machinery to the satellite riders who might then use them to beat their two star riders?
It makes no sense.The packages that the satellite boys have are good,but they are just not quite good enough.And Yamaha are going to see that it stays that way.At least,that is the way i see it.


April 09, 2013 4:10 PM

If Cal was being held up in the Corners by the HRC's he should have passed them? Rossi Did........
Cals bike was down on top speed last year compared to Dovi's M1,its the way his team are setting up the bike.
No one should discredit Crutchlow, he got beat by 2 motogp world champs,a guy that has been in the top 5 for 6 years now and a special kid who has been groomed to be world Champ very soon,Id say thats not a bad day at work for Cal.


April 09, 2013 4:24 PM

@ RocketR1 "If Cal was being held up in the Corners by the HRC's he should have passed them? Rossi Did.."

Well, going on Cal's pre-race comments (which are substantiated by others) it looks like the Yam likes to be slowed down slightly more progressively into the corner, then carry more corner speed to run its best lap-time.

Of course, if the bike in front is a) faster, b) more suited to 'stop-turn-FIRE' & slower mid-corner speed (i.e. HRC's) then you can't close enough to get by before the corner, and can't outbrake them into the corner, nor have the drive to out-drag them on the exit of the corner. So you're frustrated but stuck behind - Cal's issue IMO.

Rossi had more shunt than Cal on the approach to the corner - he blew by Cal, and also Dani on the straight. No argument VR rode really great too, but no doubt VR's ability to pass would have been severely compromised if he'd been on Cal's T3. At least, that's what the camera shots of relative pace at key track points suggest


April 09, 2013 4:32 PM

@ Codger "Marc pulled the plug on the straight and went past Rossi as though he was on a CRT. Be interesting to hear Rossi's take on that."

Best guess? That HRC is a rocket, and is piloted by a Microbe. So - there's a significant advantage with less weight and mass to shove through the air to improve acceleration to top whack.

There was also the ability to increase his mass advantage exponentially by slipstreaming - Rossi punches a nice big hole in the air, and the lighter, smaller, faster-accelerating MM could then slingshot by. He did it to Dani too - the passes looked very easy & comfortable from the helicam shot.

Interesting thing is that Rookie MM's HRC managed the tyres better than DP's too - luck or a fantastic crew/set-up?

R6Ryder - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 8:46 PM

His top speeds were very close the VR's top speeds. Both were slower than the RCV's but rossi got past because he is a demon on the brakes and because he has more will. IMHO . Gotta be on that back wheel coming onto the straight so u can use the rcv's slipstream . Cal wasn't close enough in the final turn. He is on a sat bike but his top speeds were close to the factory bikes so I don't see why he was at much more of a disadvantage than rossi. He seems to feel like hes defeated b4 the race starts because he feels his bike can't hang. I think if he gets that idea out of his head he might do better on race day. I like cal so I wish him the best

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