MotoGP » Mugello MotoGP: Crutchlow thrilled with 'awesome' podium

Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow consolidates his fourth place in the MotoGP standings with a second consecutive podium at Mugello.

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Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

June 03, 2013 11:40 AM

Fantastic ride... I agree with another poster who said they thought they were dreaming - watching Crutchlow catching two repsol hondas (1,2 in the championship no less) - never ever thought he'd end up here back in 2007/2008!

CC, SR and BS are looking like Britain should have a successful few years to come in GP's, I cant wait!

ABL - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 12:23 PM

@ MD - teh leg dangle is to help stabalise the bike in the braking zone. It helps to transfer more weigtht to the rear.

As for the start. Watch it again. Cal gets a stonking start but gets squeezed. His fault - he should have made more of it.
I was disappointed with his post race comment about backing off. Did he back off? Surely you want second and not third?

Also very interesting that he said "Lorenzo is fighting my corner"


June 03, 2013 12:50 PM


I think what happened at the start was that Dovi cut right across him then suddenly slowed and nearly took out his front wheel. Apparently it was caused by some electronics gremlin on the Duke. But it ruined what was otherwise a good launch for #35.

phill - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 1:34 PM

Please, please, please stop hailing Rossi as some kind of God! He is not. Agreed Rossi has talent but a lot of his races were already won before he sat on the bike.
He was clever with his mind games over others, that's what I believe gave him the edge. That has all finished now so you're seeing him as just another rider and not some kind of invincible being like every other guy sat on the grid on a Sunday afternoon.
I'm just glad we don't have to watch all that celebration bull s**t any more.

nickfox - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 1:48 PM

Well Done Cal. it's good to see you on the podium again even if it was a bit of a gift.

one thing i do want to say though is stop compairing Cal With Dovi at tech 3. people seem to forget Dovi has been in MotoGp since 2008 where as Cal since 2010.

of course he going to be fast then him but as we can see Cal is Catching.

it's taken Cal a few years to get used to the way GP bikes handle.


June 03, 2013 3:19 PM
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@ABL answer to your question, no, he didn't back off.

Cal was very consistent the whole race with late 1.48secs.

Dani dropped to 1.49secs from lap 14 onwards, which was why Cal was able to close on him.

Ian S - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 6:47 PM

The gap was too large for Cal to safely catch Pedrosa, which is why he settled for 3rd rather than 2nd. He might have caught and passed him and he just might have suffered the same fate as Marquez. As it is he leaves Mugello with another 16 points in the bag rather than a season threatening injury. That sounds to me like the actions of a very capable and mature racer.

Wacko - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 8:38 PM

"Do not covet thy Neighbor's scooter"! Cal is certainly putting in the performance he needs to impress the factory Squads! The problem is that the inn is all full, and what might be left is not exactly worthy. Honda has a championship leader and a future champion in their team right now. Yamaha has Lorenzo, and let's face it, Rossi is still considered the savior of MotoGP until he decides to retire. So there is Nicky Hayden's seat at Ducati left, not exactly prime real estate? The potential of Suzuki fielding a team is there, but the bike may not be level with the other factories, as is has not been (honestly) since MotoGP came into existence. Personally the best scenario I can cook up for Cal is to take Bautista's ride with similar support to Bradl. Then again one can only hope that Aprilia “gets off the pot” soon and turns the ART's into full-fledged factory bikes instead of the CRT pretenders they are today.
Great ride yesterday Cal!

it could happen - Unregistered

June 04, 2013 1:23 AM

ian s yes i agree... call knows its the points that matter at the end of the season especially when the podium was already his and his goal this year must be to out point rossi to stake his claim to yamaha and or any interested factorys lookink at him.... the lap times do suggest theres some merrit to his statement that he slowed when marc went down because he was closing fast prior to that.. but wheather its just self promotion or mature riding hes looking like he may just have a shout at 4th in the championship.... which could just prompt a proud rossi into early retirement and relieve the situation for him at yamaha

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