MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro

'The rumour is that he's going to be getting a factory bike and doing a two-year deal with the Yamaha factory' - Cal Crutchlow

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Bike nut - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 7:28 AM

This is great news, we need more Spanish riders in the series.......

Last qualifying Cal was struggling to beat Valentino, definitely time for him to go........

Bike nut - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 7:28 AM

This is great news, we need more Spanish riders in the series.......

Last qualifying Cal was struggling to beat Valentino, definitely time for him to go........

marl - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 8:08 AM

What has he achieved a couple of podiums. The guy cannot pass he is as yet to pass a rider who is on similar equipment just follows them around never looking like passing anybody. His bike is much more to factory spec than bradley smiths bike is, just read the reports on crash from monday testing.He will never win a gp unless Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi and Marquez all fall off or break down. Dont really care what he is riding next year as wont be subsribing to BT so wont be able to watch it

onelapwonder - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 8:46 AM

Yamaha and Honda are going to be leasing engines to CRT teams next season are they not? Could be a huge improvement to the CRT bikes and getting a CRT ride in the near future may not be all that bad.

Bogger 90 - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 9:48 AM

Cal deserves a decent ride in MotoGP no doubt about it. I personally believe he would take that extra step as a rider if he was on factory machinery but I also like his 'underdog' status on the tech3, it's just that race pace/craft!

But if dorna carry on and all top rides fall to the spanish then the best thing that could happen is for there to be a shake up of riders in different championships. I would love to see Cal & Spies riding an R1 in WSBK for a factory team (again), along with riders like Hayden & Edwards that could still mix it up on a half decent machine.


May 11, 2013 10:27 AM

It annoys me when people make direct comparisons between riders. Yes Dovi had more podiums than Cal. However, Dovi is a seasoned Moto GP rider. It was Cals second season. Give him a break. He's getting solid results and the big difference for me so far this year is that Cals consistency in speed, qualifying and most importantly results is there. It's early days but based on his performances so far he is likely to get on the podium on more than 1 occasion. The guy deserves a good seat. We have a habit in this country of beating on people like Cal rather than supporting him. He's a lone ranger in a field full of well funded and talented Spaniards. Let's just see what happens for the rest of the season first before dishing out unsubstantiated opinions.

i like green - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 10:32 AM

Herve threw him a lifeline last year when the Ducati deal went sour, why should he do it again this time when all Crutchlow does is whine about his bike and tell anyone who will listen how he needs a factory ride. If you were his boss, would you not be looking for someone to take his place since he is so intent on leaving?


May 11, 2013 11:01 AM

@ i like green

Poncharal has no say in it, this is being imposed on him by the Yamaha factory.

And if he did have a say in it, you really think he'd want to lose his lead rider and the guy responsible for scoring the team most of its points, and who at every race weekend gets sponsors Monster Energy a ton of TV coverage? If he had any choice in it, I'm pretty sure Crutchlow isn't the one in the team he would want replaced.

i like green - Unregistered

May 11, 2013 11:25 AM

@ Don-R
My point stands, Cal wants a factory bike, Yamaha can,t give him that, therefore he is looking elsewhere. Moves must be made to ensure the team has a rider who can potentially run at the front.
Personally i think the underdog quietly going about his business persona would suit him better.

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