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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just saying - Unregistered

April 22, 2013 11:56 PM

the only reason the factory boys are on the same engine is they were given the new one in testing and rossi at least said he was keeping last years .. but the main difference is the fuel management system.... the works unit has interactive consumption response which will give rossi and jorge the performance related to whats in the tank to just finish the race if necessary which because its interactive can potentially give them extra engine performance over cal... but having said that the t3 system is a derivative of the system used on the 800s and one which they know inside out and this has actually benefited them on occasion achieving performance very close to the works team who are still developing and have vast amounts of data and senarios to apply which doesnt allways yeald the advantages you would expect(and yamaha) over their satallite bikes....the downside for call is the factory have access to all data and will improve more and more as the season goes on...fuel difference in qu

just saying - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 12:00 AM

..the downside for call is the factory have access to all data and will improve more and more as the season goes on...fuel difference in quatar was just probably down to rossis race pace but prefered gear ratios can also come into play... botom line is call has a more competetive machine than he thinks right now.. lets hope yamaha give him some help as the season progresses.. or we may see him droping off the pace, which would be a shame because if i was yamaha id be both curious and impressed enough to give the lad the goods.. time will tell but at the moment on the slower tracks calls bike is sorted enough to be amongst the factory yams if hes 100pc on it......

Cedric - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 12:15 AM

Riders of the day Marc and Cal, no doubt about it. I really like this brit, pure speed, nice guy. I'm happy everytime he gets a good result, and that 4th place was stunning. Jlo finished ahead of him and near the hondas, so you could say the Spaniard made his job. but Bradl and Rossi should be asking themselves how this brit, with a lot fewer laps on that track could beat'em...

I don't think he can be such a complete rider as Jlo, though. Cal reminds me of Barros... pure talent, maybe too hot blooded/nervious, prone to make some critical mistakes... but damn, his speed is impressive.

just saying - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 12:17 AM

i also believe the funding will be available from the sponsor links of cals personal backers to their involvements with the works team.... only limitations are jorges or vales contract agreements and or yamahas political will.. but as its said... the other factorys have a broader remit why not yamaha!...either way i think calls supprised everybody with the amount of improvement hes made in his race pace....seems tto be getting very close to alien pace......

Larry - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 2:56 AM

Unfortunately for crutch, results are what counts here and averaging a podium a year in no way shape or form warrants a factory ride. Dovi singlehandedly ruined crutchs hopes for a factory seat by getting 3x as many podiums as crutch... And he didn't even get picked! Just shows the bike crutch is on is capable of at least 6 podiums per year so he's going to have get close to that to attract any factory attention.

casttolast - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 9:17 AM

Been waiting more years than I can count for a briish rider to be even podium competitive so crutchlow has my 100% support. However a couple of things bother me.
I am totally mystified how cal can make such a mistake at Qatar. Still 6 laps from the end wasnt it? What would he be like on the sphincter puckering last lap. That was rossis first attack AND he had to move onto the dirty part of the track to do it. Cals challenge over with not even a whimper.
I think cal needs to thank his lucky stars that where he ran very wide on Bradl it is one of these modern style corners that has asphalt run off which allowed him to easily re join with hardly any loss. Gravel trap corner and that could have been the end of the race for him.
Other posters are right. He does not seem to have what it takes to stick it in on the over takes. The really good gp racers find a space where there isnt one.
I love watching scott redding slicing his way through the field. Shame he does seem to have a problem with

Yousef - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 9:28 AM

Realist - quote ''I rate the T3 bike above Bradl's despite it being a full factory bike.''

This comment that you made is very very strange.

So you rate Cals sat Tech3 bike above Bradl's Full Factory HRC bike?

Why exactly do you think that Cal's second rate M1 is better than the Factory Honda's?.

Its clear that the factory Hondas are step ahead of even the Factory M1's at the moment, so why you would say Cal's spare parts bike is better than the Factory Hondas is beyond me!!!

Care to elaborate maybe?

Superb ride by Cal although I think he needs to re-find the killer instinct that won him the WSS title. Both in Qatar and Austin he stuggled with passing Bradl which held him up and hurt his podium chances.

I think it's a case of showing a little too much respect and a fear of being chastised if he punts someone off.

I think he's earned his stripes now and has every right to be rubbing fairings with the big boys.

Go for it Cal!

pp916 - Unregistered

April 23, 2013 4:43 PM

Can we sort this chassis issue once and for all? Crutchlow is on the chassis that STARTED 2012 on the factory bikes, the factory bikes are on the chassis that FINISHED 2012. They had a new chassis for 2013 which I believe Lorenzo is running but Rossi initially rejected, prefering the chassis from the end of 2012.
But whatever the intricacies of this Yamaha/Tech 3 arrangement it is difficult for anyone to deny that Cal is doing a sterling job and has improved his performance yet again from the previous year....I just hope that one way or another his efforts are justly rewarded.

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