MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Crutchlow close to Lorenzo

“I was running the same speed as Lorenzo for a long time and that gives me a lot of confidence“ - Cal Crutchlow.

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April 22, 2013 9:12 AM

I posted b4 the race that on paper with 5 full factory bikes in there, plus the testing advantage that 6th was realistic, and that 4th or even 5th would be a fantastic result.

The way Cal rode today with his corner speed and closing down on the brakes, as well as the recovery and 2 great passes on AB & SB suggest that this was a top-drawer ride from CC. Controlled aggression and raw speed - even his run-on was due to him knowing that he had to try to force his way by Bradl's factory bike to make ground.

Look at the No of posts on this thread btw - its a few simply cos the army of Rossi fans who would have been queuing up to lay into him have no ammo.

A stunning ride & result. Keep it up Cal!

two difficult hondas - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 9:24 AM

I personally would appreciate CRASH posting something from Brad, give the kid a chance. Herve has, and I don't read many knockers of Herve on this website, your a fool if you do. Go CAL. Plus a bit more respect to the also rans please.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 10:27 AM

Brilliant effort from Crutchlow yestarday.Even more impressive as it was his first ride there.
The people who are slating him are worried because he is steadily improving and might start taking points off their favourite riders.


April 22, 2013 12:48 PM

re: "Cal's going to dislodge Rossi from second factory seat next year."

the irony for all cal's accomplishments, he and dani are the 2 people who's complaints (if they make any) are going to fall on deaf ears. he won't be displacing rossi in a yr (or even 2 yrs), or anyone at either of the top factory teams he seems to be pining for...?

a satellite honda is the best he can hope, and i'm not sure that's really an improvement now that he's learned the crossplane...? it's not like smith was ever going to do anything more than what he's doing now so he's in the catbird seat in situ.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 1:49 PM

Rossi is Yamaha's cash cow, even if his results go on the slide they'll keep him because his association with the brand ups the profile and sells bikes....that's how racing works these days unfortunately.
Cal can only hope that Yamaha reward his efforts by getting him/Tech 3 more up to spec with upgrades etc or he has to hope that Bradl disappoints and a works satellite Honda becomes available next season.


April 22, 2013 1:52 PM

On a works Yam Cal would be as fast as JLo. Cal fights harder than JLo, so beating JLo would be inevitable, and a win for Cal would be highly probable.
Rossi is the key. If 2013 is good to him he will stay at YamGP- their partnership is mutually beneficial to their status and profile. If VR doesn't have a good year Yam may "transfer" VR46, maybe to WSBK? VR may be happy with that, or he may retire. Either scenario is possible. If VR46 goes, Cal deserves his seat.
If a works seat doesn't happen at Yam, a Honda works ride is a possibility. But Honda already have MM93, their new Messiah, so they need someone to support, not challenge him, so maybe DP26's seat is safe after all. A satellite Honda may be an option for Cal, but with Yam improvements on the way the T3 seat may be his preferred option, providing that they guarantee him up-to-date factory equipment. This would effectively make YamGP a 3-rider factory team, just as Honda and Ducati are now effectively 4-rider factory teams.

bazinga - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 3:07 PM

I find hilarious how (some) you Britains put Crutchlow on the same level of Lorenzo and Rossi...

the finished Rossi, in one race, after coming back, already did better with just a 2nd place finish than Crutchlow in all these years with Yamaha.
get real people...

and he would be faster than Lorenzo, because he fights harder, as someone said here? seriously? really?
and in a dog fight to the checkered you think he'd beat Rossi? we all saw that in Qatar!
Rossi would send Crutchlow into the gravel like he did to Gibernau...

do you think those guys that win world championships and several races are nice guys? they might seem nice people, but they're not. they're mean and don't think twice to ran the others down...

don't put in the same boat Crutchlow with Rossi, Lorenzo, Marc, stoner and Dani...

some1 - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 3:41 PM

Austin is a rider track. Bike software doesn't help much for software rider like Rossi.

Crutchlow still don't believe in himself fully as he wait too long to make his move on Bradl. Otherwise, he could finished on podium or catching Pedrosa when the guy made mistake on the last 3 lap..

As I said before Crutchlow still afraid to win. He wasting too much time sticking around other riders tail.

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