MotoGP » Mugello MotoGP: Close moment for Crutchlow, Dovizioso

"As soon as Andrea got his start and wheelied into the side of me, then nearly wheelied off the back - we'd already lost near enough a couple of seconds in that" - Cal Crutchlow.

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June 05, 2013 8:55 AM

@ Don-r......Good post but I think you meant to say lap 14, not 19.
Cal has done wonders going from a crasher to a top 5 contender. The problem is his comments often don't match what is really happening.
He claims that he lost 2 seconds after being baulked by Dovi's problem after the start. 2 whole seconds!! He says that he was slow in the first 8 laps and also backed off toward the end. His lap times do not back that up.
After worrying about Dovi's Yamaha brakes being better last year he is now complaining about Lorenzo's (and Rossi's) brakes being better.

He has added a lot of excitement this year on the track, let's enjoy that before he starts getting up Yamaha bosses' noses..


June 05, 2013 9:34 AM

Saying that Crutchlow could have passed Pedrosa is all "ifs buts & maybes".

The race is over a set number of laps. There is no extra laps. You have to get the job done before the chequered flag!

The time sheets may have show that Crutchlow would have caught up in a few more laps, but would he have had enough fuel for this?

GAP - Unregistered

June 05, 2013 9:47 AM

The problem is not whether he could have passed Pedrosa or not. The problem is, even if it was true that he could have passed Pedrosa, you just don't say that ! You don't say 'let Pedrosa finish second'.... who sais that? Say you decided to settle for third, or whatever , but not 'I let him finish second' . Come on Cal, don't let it go to you head!

pp916 - Unregistered

June 05, 2013 9:49 AM

Cal is a wind up artist, and good at it....the fact that a high proportion of the dullards that 'contribute' to this site don't get it is excellent, their righteous indignation makes it all the more entertaining for those of us that do.
He adds a spark of gritty character to what woud otherwise be a paddock full of overly PR conscious clones....agree with what he says or not he speaks his mind and isn't fearful of upsetting the establishment.... that is worthy of respect in my mind and the fact that a lot of it is tongue in cheek, a pi*s take or deliberately provocative is just added value.

pp916 - Unregistered

June 05, 2013 11:13 AM

@ Codger...

'backed off' can be interpreted in different ways, either deliberately slow down or cease pushing quite so hard, lessen the risk of crashing and consolidate the position.....I would suggest that in this case it was the latter.


June 05, 2013 12:19 PM

@pp916....Good point.
Studying the lap times, courtesy of the MotoGP site, Cal lapped consistently from start to finish, not showing pushing or not pushing. In fact he was very consistant all weekend, unlike Marc or Dani. Only Jorge and Rossi did better.
I like your first post too, and agree. Whatever motive he has for saying these things I just think that the Yamaha decision makers, because of their culture, might not see it the way you & I do.
I can't wait to see what Cal can do if he were to get out of the first bend in 1st or 2nd place. His bike, and him, seem to have the pace that's needed.

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