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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99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 8:42 PM

Don-R.
Does this suggest Rossi has made hints to Yamaha that he is going to call it a day at the end of 2014?
Looks like the 4 main Factory bikes are all going to be ridden by Spaniards.And it looks like thats the way Dorna want it to go.The whole championship seems to be being manipulated in the favour of the Spanish.
Did Stoner read between the lines and see this coming?
Was this one of the reasons he got out?
Makes you think doesnt it.

Rayborn - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 8:52 PM

Ducati isn't going to kick out Hayden for Crutchlow. It wont happen.

Espargaro will take his spot at Yamaha, that seems obvious.

So if Suzuki joins MotoGP Cal might have a chance there. Depending on what Spies and John Hopkins and others might want to do.

MOM - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 9:00 PM

@99 Crystal Ball
Does this suggest Rossi has made hints to Yamaha that he is going to call it a day at the end of 2014?

That's Yamaha decision not Rossi's. They gave him 2 years in MotoGP with option, one year in WSBK (expected to have development input for the next generation Yamaha YZF-R1).

Trench - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 9:21 PM

This just makes the Bradley Smith Signing that much more ridiculous! It is Cal's fault for only signing the 1 year deal that is true. But when you have that much competition at the top there can be little room for guys struggling to get the best satellite bike on the grid ahead of the ART's week after week.

yzf750r - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 9:26 PM

@nope fair point about aleix's results in moto gp althoughthey were aboard a satellte ducati and not many have done well on those in the past. Some of his performances this year on the crt aprilia have been excellent, and makes me wonder what he could do on say the gresini rc213v.

atxsxsw - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 10:10 PM

No doubt Cal has talent and he seems to be making the best of his situation at Tech 3 with a bike that seems very close to the factory Yams. However, he hasn't exceeded expectations so much that people are willing to overlook his continual complaints.

Anecdotally, I was watching practice for the previous race and Cal was killing it in practice. However, he was having some problem with the bike after a lap and came back in. Rather than calmly explaining what was wrong, he exploded at the pit crew, angrily gesturing and carrying on. It was very odd. And then he was back out 5 minutes later after the pit crew had sorted out the problem. I suspect the prima donna behavior is another reason he may not have the full backing of the team for another year.

dan - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 10:22 PM

The other Asparagus brother would be a better bet?

Remember Yam are supplying engines to privateers next year. Surely it would make sense to shuffle Smith onto one of those?

Terry - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 11:08 PM

Cal's ridden really well this year and is always good fun to watch getting interviewed. I really hope he gets on a factory Suzuki next year. Keep up the good work lad.

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