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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Realist

April 22, 2013 4:30 PM

@ some1

LMAO! Software rider? Software rider? In reference to the guy who rode the old 500's? Dude you get worse as the days pass.

As for Crutchlow, did anybody catch how it was confirmed that he does, in fact, have the same engine as the factory boys at this moment?

pp916 - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 5:13 PM

@ Realist....

You do realise that there's more to a motorcycle than just the engine, yes?

Electronics package, chassis etc are not the same as the works bikes, nor would you expect them to be otherwise what's the point in having a works team? As much as you'd like to denegrate the job that Tech 3 & Cal are doing at the mo with ther parts bin/cast off's special its pretty clear to those with an open mind that they're doing one helluva job. Read Neil Spalding's insight into the Yamaha/Tech 3 set-up, I think his knowledge of the goings on in the paddock are considerably greater than anyone on here.....

Realist

April 22, 2013 6:01 PM
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@ pp916

Seriously dude? You were part of that HUGE discussion that included myself, Tetley, TalentFan, 99 Crystal Ball, and a few others. OF COURSE I know that the engine isn't the only part. The reason I specified the “engine” in my post today was because of the recent post by Talent Fan (I think!) who had mentioned Neil Spalding's speculations about Cal's T3 bike. It was confirmed this weekend that Cal does, in fact, have the same engine as the factory boys (hence my statement), and we already know that the chassis that Cal is running is the same chassis that Rossi and Lorenzo are running despite having a new chassis to implement later in the season. I have NEVER, EVER “denigrated” Cal's performance. If anything, I have lamented the fact that he has the pace and the package to put that bike on the podium. Criticizing his passing ability and performance under pressure (based on precedent) is a separate issue.

shamarone

April 22, 2013 7:50 PM

re: "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"

wait, and who's paying for this...?

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 8:03 PM

The engine in the T3 bike is the same as the factory machines,but the electronic and fuel management package is not.This is why Crutchlow finished the Qatar race with over a litre of fuel even though he was not holding back in any way,whereas Rossi ran out of fuel shortly after crossing the line.This more than suggests the T3 bikes are de tuned compared to the factory bikes.Spalding said that to finish a race with that amount of fuel left is very unusual considering how fuel conscious the sport is.A litre of fuel is a LOT in this game.

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