MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow 'speaking to five teams'

"I need time and am speaking to five teams, and not just in this championship" - Cal Crutchlow.

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July 23, 2013 12:31 PM

It took Cal a long time to gel with the Yamaha and it will take a decade to gel with the Ducati. Cal's strength is 'go for it' mentality and high corner speed, neither will help him on the Ducati. He is very much on the up and a further year on the Tech3 will keep him on the wanted list, while joining the long list of Ducati crashers wont. Good as he is he is not another Casey.


July 23, 2013 12:48 PM

Take the red money! There's plenty of it and it will last longer than any satisfaction you'll get from motoGP while Carmello is running the circus.
I have the feeling that people think the show has changed but watching a race to see who gets the better of another for the last spot on the podium is no different to what has been missing for 90% of the races of the last decade.
When a character like this has the single factory option of a machine likened to the kiss of death, I'm surprised WSBK is still the poor cousin.


July 23, 2013 12:52 PM

@ DC

I do believe that, like Casey, Cal would perhaps be willing to take more risks and maybe put it on the line more to try and get the bike to work. But even if that was successful, what Ducati would then end up with is a bike that no one else can ride unless they're willing to risk serious injury. That's not a viable strategy going forward.

On another note, it's being widely rumoured that Philip Morris' sponsorship of the Ducati team is on the rocks. If that's true then it's going to make quite an impact on their future plans - and of course delay any signings until things are resolved.


July 23, 2013 12:59 PM

Cal I am not your adviser but if I was the choice is very simple take the factory ride with the big cheque, you only get them chances once so take it and think of your life after racing is over it doesn't last forever so make the money while you can


July 23, 2013 1:17 PM

Cal, I believe you should take the red bike, it cant stay in the wilderness forever. Look at Kawasaki in BSB & WSB, from nowhere to near dominance over the last couple of seasons. Audi wont let the Duc be mid field for much longer and you could benefit from this. Go for it!


July 23, 2013 1:40 PM

It's a shame that a potentially winning offer hasn't materialised but Cal would be doing the smart thing in taking the money at Ducati. The earning career of racer is short lived, take the cheque whilst you can!


July 23, 2013 1:57 PM

And why not Suzuki? I have not heard them mentioned with Cal lately. He wants a factory ride. He will not get a factory Yamaha or Honda. That leaves Ducati or Suzuki... or he stays put and his posturing sees him get a satellite "factory" bike. But Suzuki might very well be an option. I think I would choose Suzuki over Ducati at this point.


July 23, 2013 1:59 PM


Cal would get FULL HRC support at LCR , that would be part of the deal. And after the Bradl bashing on German TV/Swiss motorsport magazine I would say LCR is a valid and serious option for Cal.

Sure, Bradl had/has HRC support last/this season (since his contract is with HRC) but not FULL support like he would get next year if he performs well. Honda supports every partner, they always have. That's why you see HRC mechanics walking around at LCR and Gresini, but that doesn't mean full support.

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