MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow explains Tech 3 contract timing

"Herve said I had the option to sign a two year deal with him. But if he hasn't signed a contact with the manufacturer [for 2014] then what do I do?" - Cal Crutchlow.

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herewego - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 8:29 AM

Cal is getting ideas way above his station!! He carried himself on last year like a spoiled brat about how he deserved a factory bike and it didn't materialise, probably for that reason - who wants a diva in their garage? His talk is still the same and I think he is lucky to still be where he is now. If he ends up on a Suzuki, does he think he will battling up at the front on a new bike with no settings etc. The Suzuki will still be in the development stages and Cal will be one of the mid pack, if not the back pack and I don't think this will be where he will like to be!

pp916 - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 9:14 AM

He gets asked questions at the pre-race press conference and gives an honest and detailed reply and does not bad-mouth anybody. Any rider with ambition is striving to be in a better place with better equipment to achieve that position, would it be preferable for him to emulate CE and just keep riding for the paycheque?
He is by far the best satellite rider this season and still improving, that alone should gives him oppertunity to make the next step so to then have his position usurped by an inexperienced incomer from Moto2 has got to rankle.
Would it be preferable to have a grid full of riders that never say anything other than thanking their sponsors and all the usual garbage that is spewed out, or characters that have something real to say?

Noriben - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 9:23 AM

Team Pons renewing its activity in MotoGP class with Yamaha machinery
With Pol and Cal on Yamaha M1
Tech3 ending up not being able to renew its contract with Yamaha
Smith being relegated to Moto2

One possibility, but It doesn't seem unreasonable.


May 17, 2013 11:39 AM

So he tried to cover keep his options open, but whinges is Yamaha want to keep their options open.

If he wasn't going to commit to a team or a manufacturer for 2014 then he can't complain if Tech3 and/or Yamaha look elsewhere.


May 17, 2013 11:45 AM

@pp916 when he spoke to the BBC it sounded very much to me like he was bad mouthing Yamaha. And he took some flack for that. If he has no contract for 2014 then Yamaha and Tech3 between them have every right to sign who they like to that seat.

Now it seems like he's realized that he didn't behave like a mature professional and is trying belatedly to do so.

If you look at his interviews last year it seems that he swung between petulant teenager and mature professional all year. Maybe sometimes he needs to think before he speaks to the media.


May 17, 2013 12:25 PM

Dorna... ditch the 4 factory bike rule per manufacturer. and lose the CRT's. It's stifling the sport and makes for boring viewing. A grid similiar to Moto 2 is what's required. More bikes on the grid means more exciting racing, higher viewing figures, more sponsorship etc etc. A situation like Cals should never be a problem. Regardless of what your opinions are on the man himself, it's pretty clear he deserves to be in Moto GP, if he was languishing at the back of the grid consistently then this would be a completely different write up.


May 17, 2013 12:46 PM

@k9sams while it's true that Hayden only renewed for 1 year it's also true that that is the only factory seat outside Suzuki available for next year. As such you can bet that there will be plenty of competition for that seat even if Ducati are no more competitive at the end of this year than they are now.

Cal has put himself in a position where he is going to have to fight for a competitive ride for next year. He could have signed to Tech3 for two years had he wanted to, but clearly he thought he was being clever by only signing for one. Or maybe he took poor advice from his agent/manager.

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