MotoGP » MotoGP Le Mans: Tech 3 boss responds to Crutchlow rumours


"That Yamaha and Espargaro have spoken is a certainty" - Herve Poncharal, Tech 3.

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timk - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 4:08 PM

@Tetley "They weren't looking at the future when they re-signed VR46, they were looking at past achievements and current sponsorship value."

Did you not read at that time that the Yamaha racing department did not want to bring Rossi back -- they already have an established and mature world champion and wanted to bring in a younger rider to groom -- but the Yamaha *marketing department* over-ruled that desire and forced them to take Rossi? I have a feeling the racing department is saying "we told you so" to the marketing department right now.

Codger

May 15, 2013 4:20 PM

“Our engine specs are almost identical to the factory engines and we are now into the third development phase of the chassis since the first pre-season test at Sepang... I do not think one can say - and, furthermore, I do not think Cal can say - that we don't have active support and competitive machinery."

It looks as though Cal has shot himself in the foot. I thought as much. Cal saying before and after every race "I'm doing the best I can on the package I've got" is not going to sit well with his employers, or the other factories come to that.

King Kenny - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 5:14 PM
Last Edited 591 days ago

Crutchlow is very fast but also makes a lot of mistakes. Dovizioso beat him consistently on his first and only year on a Yamaha bike. He refused to sign for 2 years with Tech3 because he wanted to find a better option. What does he expect now, that Tech3 are going to wait to see what he decides to do this year, wait while he deals with Suzuki and Ducati? What are Tech3, mor0ns? As for his complaints of not getting the same updates as Rossi and Lorenzo: that's called being a satellite rider, Cal. Wake the f@ck up!

timk - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 6:26 PM

I see that I am garnering "disagrees" for reminding Tetley that Yamaha racing didn't want Rossi to return and that it was under pressure from the marketing department that they relented. That information comes directly from Masao Furusawa in an interview reprinted across many respected sites. Simply search for "Yamaha racing didn't want Rossi" to see for yourselves.

Yes - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 8:22 PM

@timk

Yes.
h ttp://gpxtra.com/2012/12/14/yamaha-racing-didnt-want-rossi/comment-page-1/

h ttp://blog.motorcycle.com/2013/05/14/manufacturers/yamaha/yamaha-reports-q1-2013-results/

Codger

May 15, 2013 8:52 PM

@timk...You may have got disagrees because the original quote was that they didn't "need" him, not that they didn't "want" him.
As copied from Motomatters:-


(Yamaha's Marketing Machine - Video Welcomes Rossi Back to ...
The quotes were that Yamaha Racing Dept didn't NEED Rossi, not that they didn't WANT him. Basically they were saying they have a good enough rider already with Lorenzo.
motomatters.com/video/2013/01/03/yamahas marketing...)

Tetley - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 12:01 AM

timk - Unregistered @Tetley "They weren't looking at the future when they re-signed VR46, they were looking at past achievements and current sponsorship value."
"Did you not read at that time that the Yamaha racing department did not want to bring Rossi back -- they already have an established and mature world champion and wanted to bring in a younger rider to groom -- but the Yamaha *marketing department* over-ruled that desire and forced them to take Rossi?"
Did you not read my posting properly @timk? I never mentioned "need" or "want". Nor did I restrict my comments to the Yam racing dept. But your comments support my opinion that Yam will be happy for VR46 to promote them in other classes.

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