MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow's Ducati MotoGP deal done

Cal Crutchlow's factory Ducati MotoGP deal set to be announced on Friday.

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August 01, 2013 9:35 PM


"Oh and for all the Smith haters..... give him a chance, he's having a better rookie season than Cal did."

Well said mate. Go Bradley and am glad you don't read the tosh on here and take it to heart!


August 01, 2013 10:11 PM

I wish Cal every success.

But I can't help thinking he might have been better off sticking with Yam and trying to use his recent good form as leverage for more support from the factory.
It could work well for Yamaha too.

Unless something fundamental changes at Ducati next year then he'd be doing incredibly well to match his results this year on the Yam.

It needs a lot of talent to survive the career killing red beast. Stoner and Capi had a certain advantage in being Bridgestone's premier customers back when the Duc was a podium proposition.
Since Bridgestones became the control only Casey, Vale and Nicky could snatch the odd podium and only Casey could take a win.

Also there is Ducati's attitude to riders- Rossi commented on their ignorance. They pretty much stabbed Casey in the back every time he had any issues.

Honda, and Yamaha particularly, know how to use feedback from talented riders.

/end rant


August 01, 2013 10:26 PM

Cal is 27 years old. Without a championship, or at least some wins, he maybe realises that he realistically doesn't have many years left in MotoGP and if he wants to safeguard his financial future he needs the big money NOW.
Yamaha were keen to keep him at Tech 3, not only to act as a "spare" if either Jlo or VR46 pick up lengthy injuries, but also to prevent his talents going to a rival team. But in 2015 Cal will be 29 years old and the good seats don't go to riders at that age.
I would have liked to see him fulfill his potential on the M1, but if the Ducati continues to be an also-ran at 29 he will be welcome in WSBK and Endurance racing.
So all is not lost. Good luck, Cal.


August 01, 2013 10:29 PM

Cal won in WSS, Cal's biggest worry is being made look like a fool by Dovi next year, its a real possibility, frankly I think hes better off in WSBk than waiting for Smith to get the boot or for Rossi to quit, I am not a big fan of him taking the knee to get where he wants to go in GP racing, hes better off being his own man in a 'lower' class where being Spanish isn't a box that needs to be ticked.

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