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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May 10, 2013 11:42 AM

Why all this talk of Suzuki. They do not have a good record in MotoGP. Since MotoGP replaced the 500s what have Suzuki done exactly? And now they are in a position where they have let Honda and Yamaha get a massive leap in development in the 1 litre class. If they do enter a full prototype team next year they will not be competitive. It will take a season or two for them to get there.

Anybody signing to Suzuki for 2014 won't be seriously looking to be in the top four in the championship. They'll probably be expecting to be where Hayden is now.

More than likely Suzuki will be looking for an old hand probably ex-Honda or Yamaha for their experience to develop the bike in a race setting and a young gun to try to grab some headlines.

Ray Goodyear - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 11:43 AM

@Seb. Second rate Yams? I think you will find that Crutchlows bike is virtually identical to the works Yams and actually better in some areas. He has a bike capable of winning, proven by his lap times, but needs to be harder on overtaking and perhaps show a bit less respect for the guys that finish ahead of him each week.


May 10, 2013 11:43 AM

This is history repeating itself.

It was the same when Spies first came to MotoGP - his contract was with Yamaha, but he was accommodated within the Tech 3 team structure, forcing out Toseland.

It was hard to argue against that move as JT was under-perfoming at the time. Not so in this case. I can't imagine Herve will be very pleased to lose his lead rider.


May 10, 2013 11:45 AM

i reckon cal would suit suzuki, god knows what poncharal must be thinking about BS. to be honest it doesnt matter that much to me anymore, bsb and sbk and bss has so much more racing to watch.

i am at the stage where every gp race i get so excited before it, then after the 'race' i think what the feck...

it has already turned into f1 on two wheels. processions are not racing.

Marty Mc - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 11:45 AM

I think Yamaha would be wise to give Cal a factory bike before they let him go. Even in tech 3 colours so he can prove he can cut it on the best machinery. Has anyone considered that the reason he sometimes crashes or runs of track is because he has to push that bike way over the limit to stay with the top riders on the best bikes? I believe Cal has more to show us or the the very least has earnt the right to prove himself


May 10, 2013 11:47 AM

@Realfan there's not that much difference between the factory Yamaha and the tech3 bikes. He should be fighting for 3rd and 4th in every race to justify a factory seat.

Of the two satellite Hondas one is close enough to the factory bikes. The other poor sod, and the better rider of the two, is fighting with the Showa suspension he's developing for the "production" RCV for next year. So his competition isn't exaclty top flight. Last year he had Dovi to contend with, what's he up against this year?


May 10, 2013 11:49 AM

I think what must smart for Cal is that after so many appeals for factory equipment for Tech 3 - and so many refusals from Lin Jarvis - Yamaha are finally going to relent and supply factory kit. But only after Cal has left the team and only to a Spanish rookie with no MotoGP experience. That's got to sting a bit.

bill dun - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 11:50 AM

someone explain to me why all these posters reckon Cal deserves a factory ride?
what has he done, has he won a race yet? how many podiums has he made.

what has he done other then plant it on the front row a few times due to 1...... that's right 1 fast lap which he can never capitalize on when having a front row start.
he's a 1 lap wonder.. Even Dovi was kickin his butt at tech 3

miffy - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 11:53 AM

I don't see why he wants a factory ride, Tech 3 are the third fastest team and there is no chance Honda or Yamaha will replace either of their riders next year.

Marty Mc - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 11:55 AM

@Ray Goodyear actually mate Cals bike is not identical to the factory Yam's. Reports have already confirmed the tech 3 bikes are a step behind with development parts. Has been commented on by Cal himself and others in both race teams (factory and tech 3)

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