MotoGP » Wrong set-up choice hampers Crutchlow

"We didn't change anything during the afternoon so we rode around for the whole session with the same problem" - Cal Crutchlow.

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July 20, 2013 2:32 AM

Crutchlow said: "It's funny that we're using the same tyre as last year but we can't run it now. Every rider on the grid last year used this tyre and only one rider used it today and it was a complete disaster.

“I don't understand this because they didn't change the layout of the track but it's been the same every race this year."

I am not fully understanding what he is saying. Isn´t he talking about the front tire the have to use for this track is not working, then he says that only one rider is using it,
Also if they are using this tyre compound for all the tracks and it is a "complete disaster" and he is running 4th in the championship. I guess he thinks he could be leading the championship with a better front tyre!!!

I think this has been taken out of context.


July 20, 2013 9:52 AM

the form he is in,,,he will again challenge the podiums, especially with the 2 top riders injured,,, all he needs to do is fight marc and rossi, and i have a feeling he has got the measure of rossi now...
free practice is exactly what it means...a PRACTICE, come qualifying and we will know the real picture...


July 20, 2013 12:08 PM

Cal is on a mission now to prove Yamaha wrong in their decision not to give him a factory bike!! I don't know why it seems a do or die thing for Cal as he is doing really well on the bike he has. I can see him going to Ducati as it is the only factory bike that will be available and with the bee he has in his bonnet, he will make the biggest mistake of his life!!!!


July 20, 2013 2:14 PM

I don't think Dovi was much much MUUUUUUUCH more impressive last year, I think they were fairly even in performance, with Cal losing points by dropping the bike a few times
Couple of things to consider, Dovi has been in the game longer so has more experience on a prototype, and much more GP track experience.
He also had no.1 status at tech3 and received upgrades before Cal, and he is Italian, and where is the factory Yamaha team based?, and they had more factory backing last year.

If Cal does gamble on red, I think they will be evenly matched.


July 20, 2013 8:18 PM

re: "Having made set-up changes before the 45 minute session, the team elected not to make further changes during FP2"

okay why...? doesn't sound like this is what CAL (your lead rider) asked for...?

re: "It was a decision that clearly irked Crutchlow afterwards"

i'll say, with both Lorenzo and Ross struggling, it stinks more than a little bit of meddling from on high. but you didn't hear that from me.

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