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 12:37 PM

@ blurg

"Pol would do a hell of a lot better job then Cal"

Based on what? Stefan Bradl was fairly dominant in Moto2 but isn't exactly setting the world alight in MotoGP. I wouldn't even say PE is the best rider in Moto2 this year.

He is however Spanish.

BigSue - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:45 PM

First of all is he not just stating a fact. Is he just answering a question asked of him like what is happening in 2014? He 'could' be replaced so not sure he is saying anything for eveyone to get upset about. Its not like he is jumping up and down and screaming about it as if it is a scandal.

Secondly - His loyalty? Did he not go off and negotiate a deal with Ducati that fell through at 11th hour & have to go to Tech 3 with tail between his legs and beg for his seat back - which they gave him (more or less his words). So I would imagine he wouldnt have much say in who is in and who is out.

Ray Goodyear - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:46 PM

Absolutely nothing against Spanish riders but Dorna are/have engineered everything towards total Spanish domination. Am I right in thinking that every race so far Moto2/Moto3 and MotoGP has been won by a Spanish rider ?

Dave - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:50 PM

I am not surprised and not because I don't "rate" Cal or think Pol particularly deserves it but because its a numbers game....

....How many current riders in Moto3 and Moto2 combined that are looking to step up to MotoGP?

....How many MotoGP seats are up for grabs in any given year?

Gone are the days when riders specialized in the 125's or the 250's only, now, they all want to ride in MotoGP and in a factory team.

....A lot into a little just don't fit and MotoGP factory teams get to simply turn them over until they strike a MM.

Like I said, not surprising.

hrc2627 - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:52 PM
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GP needs uncap the 4 bike rule and make it a minimum and make the manufacurers provide engines or prod. Racers to other teams crt aint going nowhere without some decent engines honeslty who could tune a street engine to gp level then make it last a few race weekends, honda wouldnt even bother nor yam cause its two difficult to start from a street engine.

Larry - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:54 PM

Wow the fact the he would be getting a factory spec bike really puts the cherry ontop of the pie for crutch. Not a fan of his but I do feel for him. To be honest, it's smith pol should be replacing..

rolling stoner - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:55 PM

The problem seems to quite obvious but too many people are rating Cal on his qualifying results. Divo had a honda factory ride and did very little with it, then he was Crutchlows teamate and beat him often as well as getting 6 podiums. So if Divo cannot win races on a factory bike what makes everyone think Cal can? Unless Cal gets some podiums soon he may as well kiss his motogp career goodbye, though having said that I would love to see Cal and Ben on Factory Suzukis be like both of them going back to home to where they started.

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