MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: 'Great achievement' for Crutchlow, Tech 3

"To finish so close to Lorenzo and be ahead of Bradl and Valentino, who both tested here last month, is a great achievement for myself and the Team" - Cal Crutchlow.

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April 21, 2013 6:09 AM

Undoubtedly Cal is a talent and hopefully with a consistent point scoring season with a few more podiums in the mix maybe we can say he deserves a factory ride. Unfortunately Cals bike is massively slower through the speed traps, almost 10km/h slower than Marquez and slower than every bike in the top 12 qualifiers other than Espargaro who is on a CRT. Now this to me says that he his making up the time through talent and not machinery. As for Qatar... The speed differential was clearly visible on the straight. And for those of you who think he's a pussycat, go watch some of his riding from his WSS or WSBK years. This guy knows how to ride using controlled aggression. What's the point in passing a rider, risking being taken out or taking himself out when he was obviously going to get passed back on the straight lap after lap? Frustrating! But he showed maturity in knowing that a 5th is better than a DNF. Let's see what the rest of the season holds...

Motojunky - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 6:28 AM

@ Rukst3r.
Unfortunately that's motor sport. Not everyone can be on the gun machinery. However the scenario you just painted is exactly what ALL the other riders were facing in 2007 against the title winning Ducati.
If Cal hangs in there and doesn't let the pressure (or lack of machinery) get to him, he will be noticed for that and maybe a title winning bike will come his way. I only hope that Bradl gets that opportunity 1st.

v416 - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 7:37 AM

I like Cal but why does he always bang on about who HE is quicker than... Just ride the bike bro and stop blowing your onw trumpet. We know your quicker than bradle and Rossi... we know its your first time here.. we know your doing a great joib.. Now just pull the throttle all the way back and get that thing on the podium...


April 21, 2013 8:19 AM

Cal is perfectly entitled to blow his own trumpet! He didn't do any pre season testing, he does have inferior equipment, his garage suffered a fire on Thursday and yet he still manages to get fourth on the grid. Bloody impressive stuff if you ask me.
Remember, to go well you have to have confidence and belief in your own ability. You crow as much as you like Cal, you've earned that right.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 11:20 AM

Some people seem determined to put Crutchlow down.
He is out there doing the best he can with what he has.
And doing a bloody good job in my opinion!

It was interesting to listen to Neil Spalding on Eurosport yesterday giving his view of the Factory Yamaha and the T3 Yamaha,and what the difference is between them.Some here are convinced that there is no difference.Go and watch a repeat of the program.You may have to change your mind a little.

Chong Min - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 11:26 AM

Lin Jarvis when asked in the Press Conference Friday stated. "There is very little difference between the Yamahas and Cal's engine is IDENTICAL to the factory ones. Understand!?

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