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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Lad - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:26 AM

According to Yamaha, Satellite bikes both have exacty the same engine and chassis as both factory bikes, only maybe VR uses different chassis configuration (2010 configuration). Now you know more than Yamaha?? if there was any credible evidence don't you think Cal with his big mouth wouldn't speak about? The problem was none of them could stay with Rossi, Cal tied to brake late and ran wide, there was no problem wth the speed of his M1 as he stayed almost within a same distance to Hondas before he saw #46 in his mirror. and for speed, yes Yamahas are a lot slower than Hondas, and Marquez could only close the gap to Rossi on straight, but was no match to Rossi after that.

Lad - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:30 AM

@ Cal Crutchlow

Remember your team mate on exactly the same equipment wiped the floor with you. So don't complain about having no support from Yamaha and if you don't shut your mouth you'll lose your satellite seat and will have to ride for paul bird's team. and I hope that you have learned that Lion is king of the jungle no matter if cheetah is faster.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:45 AM

Some of the comments on this forum are just plain bizarre.....I'd love to know where this info comes from that the Tech 3 bikes are 'identical' to the factory bikes...perhaps you insiders could enlighten me because you seem to know more about his bikes than the guy that runs the team.
Cal was best non-factory bike by a country mile yesterday and its good that he's disappointed rather than accepting of his position as 'best of the rest', he wants more, that's a good thing.
When you're trying to make up for a speed deficit by riding harder thro' the corners and particularly on the brakes trying to make up ground lost its flirting with disaster and mistakes will inevitably happen... if anything I wish he had stuck his nose into the Hondas a couple of times earlier in a lap when he had the oppertunuity, but if he had they would have steamed back past him on the straight anyway. Long season, more favourable tracks to come, he'll be just fine.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 9:53 AM

@ Lad...

That's called slipstreaming sunshine + the Honda gets off the corner better than both the factory & satellite Yamaha's so the gap is already created before they hit their max speed further down the straight......but if your bike also lacks the speed to stay in a slipstream you're stuffed, end of story. All you can do is try and make up lost ground on the brakes and thro' the corners on the rest of the lap, only to get wiped out again on the straight....which has got to be frustrating if you have any ambition.


April 08, 2013 10:54 AM

Cal rode the wheels off his satellite bike. It was as clear as day that his bike was lacking top end power, even when compared to Rossi's factory Yamaha. However, a lot of Cal's problems yesterday would have been solved if he could get a decent start for once. It was a weakness all last season and he's still not resolved it. He can't blame the bike either as Bradley got off the line great. Getting a good start is a science and he and his crew needs to devote more time into it. No point being awesome in qualifying when it's all undone in the first five seconds of the race.


April 08, 2013 11:00 AM

what a load of tosh is spoken here, It was clear to anyone who rides a bike on track (obviously alot who do not even ride) or has watched racing and understood it for more than 5 minutes that top speed is more than just through the traps. The honda's advantage is out of the turn they put the power down and fly, the yams (factory) have more top end (at this track) but do not get their as fast. The yam turns in rails and Cal was up the @ss of the honda's but was losing it all (the ground he had made) down the straight only to repeat the next lap, happens time and time again at this track (e.g.rossi vs stoner 2007). Cal rode a great race but I am sure the redmist came down a little into turn one and that cost him a chance at a podium at the end. His bike is NOT the same as Jlo and Rossi but it is close, agree that he needs to stop bringing it up as it would be like Dani and MM saying that there bike cannot turn or hold a line like the Yam, you have to ride to the bikes ability's, Cal does


April 08, 2013 11:02 AM

You can clearly see he is using the Yam on the brakes into and through a corner, he has watched JLO alot he is trying to ape his style for sure. Great race cal..onwards and upwards, haters will always hate. Shame about Bradley, hopefully better at Austin/Jerez!!

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