MotoGP » Crutchlow: A great battle until the end


'It was a great battle right to the end and once again I showed my speed and I was close to finishing second and that would have matched my best result in MotoGP' - Cal Crutchlow

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bonnethill

July 01, 2013 9:57 AM

I think he needs to assess what he wants from this game. Does he want the money and kudos from racing in any factory team or does he want to be a serious contender. If so in the absence of the factory yamaha being an option trying to stay at tech 3 for another season at least until the Suzuki project is up and running. The tech 3 as Lin jarvis said on TV is ostensibly a factory bike The Ducati is a dog and is a career destroyer and he should stay away from it. I don't believe that Audi are going to turn this around within 2 years. I personally don't think that Bradley Smith as much as I think he is a decent guy, will hold his seat beyond next year, I think there are too many riders coming through that are quicker. Crutchlow needs to be careful what he does next.

bikenutter

July 01, 2013 11:03 AM

Cal may not go any quicker on a factory bike if he hopped of one to the other but that's not what it's about. I believe his pace has got a lot better this year partly due to having the top crew in Tech 3, imagine if he had the Yamaha Factory behind him from Japan. I think one of the eurosport commentators was saying that it had taken some very clever engineering to get Rossi's bike how he wanted it. That's what you get in a factory squad, that's what Cal needs.

V4Poweeeer

July 01, 2013 11:21 AM

Some people here obviously dont get it and have never ridden a motorcycle before whether your on a fat hog, a dirt bike, or a scooter having a full fuel tank makes huge difference to the handling of a bike. I doubt Cal is getting a custom made fuel tank at the moment amd though he is essentially on a factory bike its not being developed to fit his riding style or body shape more likely Lorenzo's and that could be worth a tenth a lap in the first half of the race.

hoppy

July 01, 2013 2:46 PM

According to Neil Spalding on Eurosport,the T3 bike and the Factory bike do not have the fuel tank in the same place.The Factory bike has the tank further to the rear which is possibly giving the bike slightly better handling when it is full of fuel.As Cal has said it is only when the tank is full that he has issues.As the fuel burns off,the handling improves and he can push harder.This is something they need to work on.

Cammyspop

July 01, 2013 3:14 PM

"Crutchlow feels he had a chance to challenge Valentino Rossi for the win had he not struggled with a full fuel tank in the opening stages of the race."

Funny, but everybody else had a full tank at the start of the race. What this probably means is that Cal is setting the bike up to go well with a light fuel load - more of a qualifying setting really - but that being the case what he clearly needs is a setup more suited to a full tank.

Besides Rossi looked like he had something in hand most of the time, he did a pretty good job of controlling the lead.

So Cal can spout his ifs and buts if he wants. IF he had set the bike up to run with a full tank then maybe he wouldn't have gone so well in the latter stages. IF he'd caught up with Rossi then maybe Rossi would have found another half second. IF.... you get the picture.

Beastie !

July 02, 2013 4:46 AM
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On Dovi beating Cal last year(For the Troll Knockers)
He had better brakes and more experience
Note Cals career/performance trend is upward in Motogp whereas Dovi's peaked when he was at Honda.
On Cals racecraft
FFS he turned over Dani who is an alien on a works 2013 Honda! Cal was riding a 2012 works/2013 customer hybrid bike! Give credit where it's due!
On Cals mouth
He's like Marmite you either like him or hate him.
I think that Cal is quite funny and the trolls on the keyboards need to get over it because he's got more talent in his little finger than any of you on a bike!
(Note I'm a Yamaha Motogp fan and not a fanboy)
On Cals tank
Two words "Mass Centralisation" also he wants more works parts. So of course he will use every opportunity to ask for more works parts.
Well done Cal

Cammyspop

July 05, 2013 12:12 PM

@R6Ryder I don't think it's so much that he's thinking "if only I had a factory bike". He's doing what a lot of sports people do and concentrating on one perceived problem to the extent that it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy. He believes the full fuel load is his problem, so he isn't as good as others early in the race. And it's not even that he's making silly excuses, he really believes he has this problem that others don't. Silly excuses to me are when the rider knows he's talking BS, Cal doesn't.

Maybe the team need to do what we once did with one of our drivers. He was totally convinced that our shocks weren't as good as other teams shocks and were causing him problems on the limit. So one day we told him we'd borrowed some shocks from another team. He knocked a second out of his lap times and placed on the podium. It was only on the sunday night we told him he'd raced on his original shocks.

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