MotoGP » Crutchlow: There are pros and cons for everything

"My job and motivation is to ride it to 100 percent of my ability" - Cal Crutchlow on Ducati.

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August 16, 2013 8:04 AM

Well this was the only way though, wasn't it? He wasn't going to get a factory Yamaha or Honda in the next few years anyway, and they both have new young guns that they seem to be lining up. And at a customer team he will never have the same equipment as the factory riders. Ducati may be the worst bike now, but if they improve then he will be fully supported to go for the title on it - which he won't be at Tech 3... Alternatively, they don't improve but he'll do well against Andrea, then he might have a shot at a factory Suzuki later.


August 16, 2013 9:44 AM


Yes Dovi did beat cal in his first year in MotoGp but you seam to forget Dovi has been riding in the prem class for a good 3 year before Cal. So you can't say that.

Next year will be a true test of talent within team Red.

I hope they both get a good bike as they are both talented riders that should be up the front with the rest.


August 16, 2013 11:07 AM

it was cals second year on the yamaha and dovis 1st on the yamaha last year. And he still got his ****d kicked despite having the extra year on the bike.
Dovi started of with better brakes that he had to pay for himself but cal moaned that much that after 5 races he got the same brakes still didnt help him tho did it.
he will be battling for top tens next year against the production hondas and aprillas never mind podiums


August 16, 2013 11:34 AM

C'Mon guys lets all get real he went for the money and a factory ride even if it is Duc. Head to head on the same bike Dovi was clearly better so what makes anyone think things will be different with the Duc. Andrea went to Duc because he had no more aces he was in the HRC stable and like Dani has not performed, Duc was the only option. Also please remember Cal opted for 1 year because he thought he deserved a factory ride but the only one that came up was the Duc. Also you heard it here first Dani is gone next year and Stoner and Marquez dreamteam in 2014.


August 16, 2013 11:44 AM


Ok sorry i was wrong on the years but i still stand by Dovi been in the top class for a lot longer. So it to be expected that he would be Cal.

That's why I say next year will be the true test between the two.


August 16, 2013 12:56 PM

Yeah this'll be tough for sure, Dovi has had a full season on the Ducati so that'll be an advantage. When they were last teammates, Cal had a year on the machine whereas Dovi had more years of experience in MotoGP, so hard to say who had the advantage beforehand. Dovi clearly beat him though, but I feel since then Cal has upped his game a lot this year. Even with Dovi's Ducati experience I expect them to be pretty close... They'll need to be, and he'll need to beat Dovi proper at least in year two of his contract if he is to be considered potential WC material.

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

August 16, 2013 1:30 PM

This blind optimism is annoying... the Ducati will be crap next year - it can't compete with the budgets Honda and Yamaha, full stop - it's like moving to Williams in F1 and saying "well, it won in 1995 and maybe it hasn't suited the drivers styles since..."

I know Cal has to say that, but it is NOT going to happen, 8th place finishes will soon get rid of that 'motivation' he has...

If you can't tell, I'm gutted with his decision, was so nice to have a brit battling for podiums - sadly thats been cruelly taken away...


August 17, 2013 12:37 AM

we ordinary people can only see the surface................. who knows what lies beneath it????Only Cal knows!!!!!!!
Be prepared for some EXCITING racing!!
GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cal!
Any questions?

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