MotoGP » Crutchlow second quickest during frame, braking tests

"I tried a different frame today but honestly I couldn't really find any improvement" - Cal Crutchlow.

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Ammar - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 8:54 AM

from the sound of it, cal already seems to have a pretty good package already....

the engine is the same

electronics is close to same i guess...

and the chassis is different but the new one is not helping him anyway...

the new chassis only helps lorenzo(who didnt have many chassis related issues to begin with)

rossi and cal will suffer till yamaha dont come up with a solution

190mph - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 9:14 AM

Fifth in the race and second in the test, if only it was the other way around. Sooner rather than later Cal is going to have to turn these quick laps into podiums or at the very least challenge strongly for them.

boot - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 9:54 AM

I guess Herve Poncharal now eat his 00, first BS and now Pol Espargaro has probably signed for Yamaha (Tech3 - Pol Espargaro is close to a Yamaha deal "with" factory support and Cal is left without a factory shot on the M1).

pp916 - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 9:57 AM

Its very telling that the factory team have started to use Cal to evaluate parts and braking strategies, and also that Rossi's and Lorenzo's technicians were in the Tech 3 garage on Saturday looking at Cal's data....they appear to be taking him quite seriously these days.


May 07, 2013 11:00 AM

here is a controversial post.....

i make no secret that i am and always have been a big rossi fan. the man is legend.

i also never rated cal, didnt really like his personality much, and when i met him a few times i disliked him more.

but hell, the job he had done on that bike is immense and he should be on vale's factory yam next season.

i dont want to see vale go, maybe he could have his own satellite honda team (vale and redding?!) but cal deserves that bike.

A.M. - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 11:11 AM

As someone said the other day Cal is like the anti-Rossi, he always finishes worse than he qualifies...
I like Cal. If he doesn' t crash as much as last year he should do ok, but realistically 5th is the best he can do in the championship, and I don't see him getting on the podium unless at least one of the factory boys dnfs.


May 07, 2013 1:06 PM

Good to see Cal performing well on the machinery available to him (top satelite rider).

I would like to see him get more factory support but as a realist, what with with Jorge, return of Vale and the current economic climate. I fear Yamaha may be a bit stretched on resources.

However with the Honda boys being so strong and Vale being able to do pretty much his own thing. I think Jorge would welcome a more competitive Cal to support his his title challenge, take points from Honda and tow the Yamaha/Lorenzo line.


May 07, 2013 1:21 PM

Its humorous to say Cal deserves Rossi bike... Rossi is a better racer than Cal is right now, and also importantly Rossi is a better guide to DEVELOP the M1, which needs significant help now, as Yam has all its focus on chassis design and now its getting dusted even worse by the Honda which is superior in almost every aspect except corner speed.

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