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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MrLargos - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:41 AM

I have to agree with those that say he's a whiner. All I hear from his post race comments are a barge full of bleeting about his bike or everyone else making his life difficult. I think he's clearly a great rider, but he needs to take a step back and realise what he's got. Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi and now Marquez (and last year Stoner) WOULD all win on that bike. If anyone disagrees with that, then you know little of bike racing. When he was passed by Rossi yesterday, he stepped sideways going onto the straight by getting on the throttle too early, losing him acceleration. He puts it down to lack of top speed... In the past, there have been many who have won on satellite bikes that were not full factory spec, like Biaggi, Gibernau et al. Even if his bike is what Lorenzo started 2012 with or a few races in, it's better than 90% of the field.

Mr Polite - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:53 AM







Matt - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:59 AM

I know crash is british and Crutchlow is british and praising your own boy by saing Factory Power is nice. But the truth is, Rossi was over 0.5 second faster than Cal for many laps. And why Crutchlow did lose out? It wasnt Factory Power, it was the fact Rossi came from spilts stream to Cal side and out brake him.


April 08, 2013 9:01 AM

Good and bad for Cal yesterday. He's obviously taken a step forward in pace - so much so that he can run with the factory guys for a race now. That's very encouraging.. The question mark is still over racecraft, because knowing how fast Rossi was closing it would perhaps have been better to let him through and then follow rather than trying to resist him. I believe he might have taken the fading Pedrosa for 4th that way. I think with hindsight he might be a little more disappointed with his decisions out on track rather than with his M1's power deficit.

A strong effort nonetheless, and there'll be circuits on the calendar where outright top speed isn't so critical.


April 08, 2013 9:06 AM
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@ HG

That's nonsense. The T3 Yamaha is a formidable package that is more or less pretty equal to a factory bike (minus some minor differences...engine and chassis are the same "currently"). After all, Dovi put that bike on the podium 5 or 6 times last season, and rang in a number of 4th place finishes. In this case it isn't the bike, it's Crutchlow. He had problems passing Dovi (and remaining consistent) last year, and he is demonstrating the same issues this season. He is not a racer! As far as Rossi "blowing past Cal", I chalk that up to rider ability rather than T3 disadvantages.


April 08, 2013 9:16 AM

@ Realist

Cal was faster than the Hondas around the twisties. Then on the straight, not even slip stream could save him. The lack of speed from the bike on the straight was pitiful and has nothing to do with "Rider error"!

Stop hating. It was a great show from Cal. And if anyone says the T3 is almost the same as Factory, just watch that blast down the straight again.

PS. I am NOT brittish!

Ray Goodyear - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:16 AM

Ive said it before but the guy cant overtake. Dovi thrashed him last year and this year theres no excuse. Neil Spalding says theres no difference between the Tech 3 and factory bikes. Sounds harsh but to hear him whine and boast at the same time gets very tiresome. Get some proper results Crutchlow.

rolling stoner - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:18 AM

A true racer puts in almost identical lap times for the entire race even with worn tyres. Cal thinks he was on the podium today coz he did one fast lap for qualifying and rode 100% during warm up, while other riders rode at 95% during warm up. He needs to face the fact 5th position is where he will spend most his time and to be brutaly honest why would he finish any higher? He is up against 4 factory bikes and 4 riders who won't want a satellite bike beating them.


April 08, 2013 9:21 AM

@ Nick

You're missing the point. What applied to Cal applied to Rossi. I never said anything about "rider error". I stated "rider ABILITY". Two very different things. The Honda's are faster than ALL of the Yamaha's, so using that as a basis for Crutchlow's inability to pass (demonstrated race after race last season) is nonsense. I'm not hating on him and I'm not a fan of his, but I'm not buying into the excuse that it's the bike. It's him! Dovi killed Crutchlow last year riding the same kit. I'll say it again, it's Crutchlow.

Unregistered - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:22 AM

“It was a good battle with Dani and Marc" What battle Cal? I like Cal but his problem is his big mouth, too much bragging about qualifying on the front row just to finish fifth. Still, he's the best satellite bike out there and certainly the only one challenging the factory bikes, so overall I think he did a pretty good job.

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