MotoGP » Crutchlow eyed WSBK during rookie season

“I was battling with riders that I thought were rubbish and they're not rubbish, they're incredibly talented” - Cal Crutchlow.

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August 09, 2013 11:23 AM

No doubt Cal has shown an impressive improvement curve and has really learned how to ride that M1. Can't help but think though that the red beast could be quite a shock for him after 3 years on a sweet-handling Yam.


August 09, 2013 11:34 AM

crutchlow is a good rider not a superb rider , he signed with the red tractors wich means that has stepped his first foot in darkness and the real nightmares are yet to come when he rides ducati , the problem is ducati has no projects to mend the problems especially the front end and the engine distribution , so considering valentino , capirossi dovi , melandri , hayden all these top guys couldn't understand how ducati works , why it wobbles under acceleration . All these are facts that ducati engineers know them better then anybody else , and considering crutchlow's normal riding abilities he probably will suffer a lot .


August 09, 2013 11:40 AM

Just think how good a rider Bradley Smith is going to be in a couple of years, looking at how Crutchlow struggled in his rookie season and comparing how well Bradley is going in his first season by comparison it follows that given another couple of seasons to adjust like Cal has he'll be right up there, go Bradley!


August 09, 2013 11:45 AM

Some people really don't get it - Cal's move to Ducati is a smart move.
He is currently not paid to ride the Tech 3 Yamaha - the only income he gets is from personal sponsorship.
From next year he will get a decent salary to ride a bike that everyone rubbishes. His career will not be harmed - if he manages 7th or 8th then he will be no worse that the supposed GOAT. If he does better then he will be a superstar.
And Audi will not be happy to continue 'as is'. They are throwing considerable resources at it and the Ducati will improve.
All in all, Cal will give it his all, unlike Rossi who just cruised around and took the pay-cheque. Yes, he will crash a lot but Ducati has signed someone who is motivated and committed.
Go Cal!!!


August 09, 2013 11:51 AM
Last Edited 916 days ago

@ samas, a bit strange that you used the comment to put Rossi down. Its totally off topic, but, I'll take the bait for now. You said Rossi was "swanning around" on the ducati, but ......he had more points at this stage of the season last year than Dovi does now. How do you explain that??

Does that mean you also think Dovi is "swanning around"..... more so than Rossi???? That seems to be exactly what you're saying. I doubt you'll answer that question though. You just like trolling Rossi into threads

Also, therefore, by your logic, Cal will definitely be beating Dovi?? You probably wont answer that either

Back on topic,I think Cal's style might suit the ducati more, Casey commented one time that he didn't think his and Cal's styles were massively similar, but they dont mind the bike moving around beneath them and there were some similar traits. so yes,if Casey thinks Cal is more suited to the Ducati, than thats probably the best endorsement you could get for riding that thing


August 09, 2013 11:56 AM

@ Tunisiaboy. Stoner was seen as 'normal' and off the radar on a big bike - & we know what happened there. So the truth is we'll just have to wait and see. Odds against it maybe, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

The important bit is what he's saying about the MotoGP field. The guys at the back are incredibly talented, but cos they aren't at the sharp end he thought (like all the Crash fanboys) that they had to be 2nd rate due to position.

He's now owning up, made a mistake and KNOWS better. Which means (AGAIN) - its the huge disparity in equipment and support that creates the GULF between the 'aliens' and the rest, NOT necessarily just rider ability.

If Dorna stopped kissing HRC ar$e and actually made the series fair and level, then the talented riders in MotoGP would deliver proper, close, hard, competitive RACING. Dorna are failing the riders who put their lives on the line in MotoGP - its that simple.


August 09, 2013 12:21 PM

Imagine Independent Teams Like T3, LCR, Gresini, Aspar in a field with more like them... but no Factory teams.
This frees the series organiser to set rules that mean all teams have the same parameters and chance to compete fairly. No factory teams means Teams can retain independence so factory's have to offer fully competitive motors (or get beat by teams using rivals motors).
The indie teams can then deal to secure their own chassis and engine provider. Make that tyres too (but no contracts with teams - let the team decide what brand they'll use at whatever race - make it a REAL tyre war).
No 'specials' for anyone in tyres or engines - the motors and tyres can be selected at random from batches from teams (basically all u can think of to prevent favouritism and cheating). Remove the ability to set up and adapt electronics for every section of track - one fixed set-up for the lap/race.
Real competition between teams, engines, chassis, tyres and RIDERS. Surely that's what we want?


August 09, 2013 12:31 PM
Last Edited 916 days ago

Sorry - I know my above post is a bit off-topic, but it was Cal's words about very talented racers having to waste careers without a fair shot at winning that prompted it.

On-Topic... does Cal have a stoner-esque style that will help him emulate the only guy to master a Ducati Desmosedici? Or as others have said - will his 'front-end' style mean he fares no better than anyone other than Stoner?

Personally - I haven't a clue! I do reckon though that Ducati could not have signed anyone who'll push and try harder than Crutchlow to try to ride the beast & get results. I wish him luck.

I also hope that Yamaha keep supporting Cal and don't back-off - Tech3 still want the best results they can get, and Cal is their No1 rider who is hungry for success.

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