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 2:33 PM

Rossi knew not to push on the Ducati or he'd crash and risk an injury, Stoner didn't care he was crashing all the time and pushing that thing to the limit because he was young. If a pre 2010 crash Rossi went on that ducati, he probably would have killed himself lol.


August 09, 2013 4:04 PM
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Talentfan couldn't agree with you more regardig methods to level the playing field and to make the races more interesting. I'd even add base ECU with very limited TC and no launch control,or any gps suspension or the like. But the problem is that the manufacturers especially HRC dictate what the they want. Also, the "purest" fan that believes no restrictions on the manufacturers would resist and complain.


August 09, 2013 4:09 PM

Talentfan you make a good point about the Duc being unpredictable which limit the riders confidence in pushing it as key to its failure. I still can't believe the haven't fixed the front end feel and braking issues it has. Is it just that the team doesn't understand the frame enough yet as the Japanese teams have many years of experience with it?


August 09, 2013 5:23 PM

who knows, the ducati could come on really good in the next few years. Cal will be right there reaping that and he would get a lot of credit with a nice paycheck to boot.

on the other hand, cal could become a ducati lifer like Hayden was. A 5th place will then be something to cheer about. Can everyone accept that? I hope cal doesnt.


August 09, 2013 5:27 PM

Cal has made his bed and now he has to lie in it.I am not going to make any wild predictions as to what he will or will not achieve on the red witch!
We will just have to wait and see.All i will say is,good luck mate,you will surely need it!


August 09, 2013 6:26 PM

I still laugh at the "Rossi was b's'ing on the Ducati" type comments. At least be objective. Rossi rode the thing to the best of "his" ability while calculating the risk of riding a bike destined to want to surf along the track on its fairings. Everybody thought Dovi would do the business too. Look how that's panning out. Crutchlow won't fare any better.


August 09, 2013 6:28 PM

Crutchlow will try and ride the wheels off that bike but pointless making comparisons with Stoner. think you will find that Stoner was/is in a different league. Terrier versus a grey hound. But lets see. Maybe next years Ducati will be a big improvement.


August 09, 2013 7:55 PM

I think CC is going to do well. He is a good rider, but more importantly Ducati will change. Next year because they have had time to develop a new engine that will have shorter rods, wrist pins closer to the dome, shorter heads and barrels, transmission shafts closer to the crank, etc. Then they will be able to move the engine closer to the front and also lengthen the swing arm. Then we will see a competitive CC. At least I hope so.

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