MotoGP » Crutchlow front row return, ‘in two minds’ over tyres


“I'm in two minds at the moment. The soft is good but I can do similar lap times on the harder tyre which isn't usually like me” – Cal Crutchlow.

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Taz

June 15, 2013 8:30 PM

Hope he doesn't lose too many places at the start, always seems to compromise his race but bloody impressive speed.

I'll be watching on the BBC and cringing as tweedle de and tweedle dum miss every incident, it's getting embarrassing now.

bri t

June 15, 2013 9:10 PM

I like the way something has to become bloody bleedin' obvious for them to notice, such as info coming on my TV screen only for them to 'read it out' to me two or more seconds later.

Insidejob

June 16, 2013 8:05 AM

Why can't CC win? His bike? No. His team? No. His ego?. Ungrateful is the way I percieve him. "The best I can do with what I've got." Utter BS. If you don't believe you've got what it takes, you haven't, simple. Don't blame the tools. Please guys no more 'give him a factory bike'' What the hell do you think he's riding? For a sattelite team, ok.

Don-R

June 16, 2013 9:27 AM

I think it's clear to most impartial observers (and very clear to Yamaha) that Cal is performing beyond expectation on what is unequivocally a 2nd-tier bike in a 2nd-tier team.

And while the machine specs might be close to factory (the works bikes have a more recent electronics package and a fuel tank that lowers and centralises the bikes's mass on a full fuel load), those small differences do make a difference when you are trying to eke out tenths of a second.

But the advantages of factory support extend further than machine spec, as the riders also get more private testing time (e.g.. Aragon next week), as well as the benefit of any new parts, like the new seamless transmission which they are rumoured to be testing shortly (and which Tech 3 certainly WON'T get).

For any satellite rider to place amongst factory riders has always been a creditable achievement, and it's only natural that any satellite rider managing to do it regularly would hope for a higher level of support.

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