MotoGP » Le Mans: Crutchlow - Coughing blood to podium champagne

“I was lying on the floor with blood in the helmet and didn't know what the situation was” - Cal Crutchlow.

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Jerginz - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 12:29 AM

@talentfan, noted. You do realize that the bikes the factories have eventually do trickle down to the sat bikes though, right? In yams case, rossi likes crutchlows edition/version better so I'd say the sat bike is fairly close in specification although I'm sure the edge belongs to the factory still. My main point is that the satellite bikes will never win because of the rider. The kobe Bryant's and Lebron James of motogp if you will (Lorenzo Pedro, Marquez) went straight to the pros from high school (the factories) everyone else is just a player in the game not expected to do much. The best riders are on the factory bikes because they are the most talented.

M1M - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 12:52 AM

Marquez is an exceptional rider who learns very quickly and on the best equipment is getting incredible results in his first motogp season. Although Espargaro was Marquez's rival in the moto2 championship last year, there's no sign that he is any more talented than Bradl, who actually beat Marquez the year before. Bradl is a very good rider, but not at the level of Marquez, Marquez has the best technical support, but they're both on factory bikes and if they swapped, I doubt there would be any difference in results, plus Bradl has an extra year's experience. While Pol's season is likely to improve, he's not distinguishing himself from his moto2 rivals. If he doesn't win the championship or even finish second, it will look very bad if the champion is overlooked for a place in motogp and/or Pol takes the Tech 3 ride from Crutchlow. Cal is doing about as well as could be expected without factory support and would make a good team mate for Lorenzo. I think he deserves the shot for a year.

M1M - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 12:54 AM

Contd... If Suzuki return at factory level, that should bring two much needed extra seats for the wealth of talent around, but unless riders can justify their place with exceptional Marquez-like talent, there shouldn't be any more Spaniards in motogp as it's bad for the championship. Pol doesn't seem exceptional enough to justify a place in those circumstances..

Dare to Live

May 21, 2013 7:42 AM

How could he possibly be replaced by Espargaro? He is 27, surely it cannot be because of his age.
This is what I wrote on the 27 March

Dare to Live
March 27, 2013 6:25 AM
MOTOGP Crutchlow conquers final MotoGP pre-season test

I have said before that Cal is worthy of or perhaps should have been in the Yamaha factory team, he migt even be the darkhorse of the competition


May 21, 2013 9:18 AM

@ Jerginz. Granted the guys showing the most promise and talent in lower classes will get the factory seats more often than not. However....

You have to factor in the politics and backing that some riders have that helps their cause and leapfrogs them over other worthy candidates. There's not enough seats for all potentially worthy riders, so you need backing to get the ride. There are Satellite guys over the years who have done well enough to deserve a shot but have been overlooked in favour of a guy with no MotoGP experience but better backing - happens all the time.

We cannot say unequivocally that NO satellite guys could be capable of performing at the very top level with full factory team benefits, as more often than not the politics see to it that they never get the chance. Stoner from LCR to Ducati is the exception that proves the rule (and then only cos Ducati weren't seen as a competitive factory plum ride by better backed pilots).

sv650rider - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 9:55 AM

I don't get the comments on here about Cal reaching second through luck, did anyone in front of him actually fall off? From what I saw of the race, after a bad start Cal actually started gapping the wonder kid Marquez and caught Rossi (and passed him), and the leading pack. This may have been down to Dovi holding them up a little, and yes he passed Jorge, as many others did, because he was struggling, but every other bike Cal passed was down to race craft, not because they all started dropping like flies in front of him.

As for a factory Yam ride, well, that might only happen if Rossi has a bad year and decides to hang up his boots at the end of the year, if Ducati or Suzuki haven't tapped Cal up by then. But this would only be for a year anyway as Yam would draught Pol in for the 2015 season no doubt.
Cal and Jorge both appear to like and respect each other, and Jorge was asked on twitter before the Le Mans GP if he could have a word with Yamaha to get some factory parts thrown in C

sv650rider - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 10:01 AM

. . . Cals direction, and to paraphrase Jorge said that Cal is doing great and can only get better, and that the best riders end up with the best bikes and teams.
So who knows, Cal clearly has the speed and the determination, break a leg!

calsux - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 10:32 AM

cant wait for him to be ditched by Yamaha and a more deserving rider to pick up the reigns and with a bit of luck all the other decent rides will be filled so he be demoted back to your british superbikes/supersport.
let the Spanish armada reign supreme


May 21, 2013 11:05 AM

From the history books and overall opinion there is no doubt that some of the riders behind him were better and will always be the better riders.

However you race in the conditions, time and place on the day with the bike and tyres setup as you and your team decide.

What happens after the lights go out and before the chequered flag is up to you. If you fall off -it's your problem. If you get over taken - it's your problem.

There is no fluke in racing.

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

May 21, 2013 11:41 AM

@99CrystalBall... well Dovi would be doing better, we've seen that - but Cal is doing a good job, and putting his hat into the ring at least.

He hasn't had a proper crack of the whip at Silverstone yet due to silly crashes - wet or dry I think he'll be on the podium there (possibly more).

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