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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May 14, 2013 3:45 PM


i agree, in gp you not only have to be a good rider, you have to play the pr game.

if i went to work every day b1tching to everyone about how crap it was you can be sure the boss isnt going to have me around for hellish long

CRT - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 3:55 PM


Cal is on a satelite machine because he hasn't proved to be better than the four riders currently operating the four competetive factory bikes.

Ask Dovi if having a full factory backed Honda (argued as the best bike on the grid) helped him win races. Then there is the small part where Dovi soundly beat Cal last year on equal machinery.

Herve's Moto 2 effort has nothing to do with is association in Moto GP, they are two seperate programs. If you want to shell out the cash and convince Yamaha to give Cal a factory outfit you are more than welcome to.

Giving Cal a factory Yamaha will only give him a small increase in performace, it's not a garauntee to winning races.

Pirate Booty - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 3:56 PM

Why would he want to sign with Ducati Factory when the Satellite bikes do better than the Ducati Factory bikes? Unfortunately he took his gamble with a one year contract. He should have sign two just in case but we will see what happens in the future. As for now good luck for this season for all the riders. I dont know why the press talks about so much where riders are going for the following seasons when the season has barely started.


May 14, 2013 3:57 PM

Frustrating that a joke of a MotoGP rider like Bradley Smith got a 2 year contract and a clearly far more talented rider like Cal will likely get the boot (albeit it partially his fault). I say they break Bradley's contract somehow and get Pol. That's how it should've been from the get-go. Smith getting that ride was a joke.

Patro - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 3:58 PM

Since the only other rider who doesn't have a contract for 2014 is Hayden, Cal options are either staying in the Tech3 or getting Hayden's bike. The Espargaro thing seems a done deal, and I don't see Ducati replacing Hayden with Crutchlow, so I guess it's WSBK or BSB for Cal next year.

slider - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:03 PM

Either Cal knows something we dont or his management should be sacked for leaving him so vulnerable. They could have done a one year deal with an option for 2014 if Cal wanted to stay. So Cal would have first refusal to stay at Tech 3 if no factory ride was possible. Instead Cal and his management have made a big gamble which makes no sense when there is only Hayden's seat available at a factory team and who would want that???

tm - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:17 PM

Cal is one of the entitlement generation. He deserves this, he deserved that, he deserved to be on the podium (while riding in P4 all race). Then he goes on to blame his equipment. It is never his fault.

He can brilliantly fast, but he's also the most annoying rider in the paddock due to the above treats, not to mention an absolute PR disaster.

You'd think that being in his 3rd season he would have learned to play the game by now.

paulo - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:24 PM

I think Cal was way too overconfident after beating Dovi in the first race in Qatar 2012. He instantly demanded factory supported and he was very loud about it on TV. After the Ben Spies fiasco and his underperformance Yamaha got more careful about selecting their factory riders I think.

Also, insulting and making fun of other riders over twitter during the test just because they "seem" to follow you make you look very juvenile and unprofessional.

I don't get why he got so full of himself since his second year and now it's even worse in his third. His 2012 season was lackluster, 7th overall in the championship just ahead of the rookie Bradl.

pp916 - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:29 PM

If Cal had plateaued and not continued to improve as he has since joining Motogp I could undrstand the criticism but in reality he's still on an upward for complaining about his equipment, they all do that ffs, Lorenzo, Rossi, Pedrosa, Bradl etc, etc they are all vocal about the bike holding them back or not doing what they want it to...or CE saying to journalists about going out in practice on his bike 'I'm just going to push the shopping trolley around'
Cal is blunt, he speaks his mind without too much deference to the bland PR speaking world that some would seem to prefer, if it upsets a few sensitive folks now and then well tough, at least he's being true to himself.
He remains far and away the best satellite rider, no factory is going to ignore that.

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