MotoGP » Crutchlow wraps up 'top satellite' title in tough race

"My target before the first race was to finish best non-factory rider" - Cal Crutchlow.

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October 27, 2013 11:58 AM

Not bad...for a rider who began the season telling us he was going to beat Rossi this year. This will be his best year in MotoGP.

Cal still can't mount a challenge (overtake), and even overtaking Smith posed a huge challenge today. It was much like him trying to pass Dovi all season, last year.


October 27, 2013 12:23 PM

Bozzo,you have to go back a long way to find the last race won by a satellite bike mate.
Cal has done exactly what was required of him this season.
He is top satellite rider.The only guys ahead of him are on full factory Yamahas or Hondas.
Well done Cal and good luck at Ducati.
You are going to need it kid!


October 27, 2013 12:59 PM

With no Factory Yamaha or Honda available to him, Crutchlow has done the right thing with the Ducati Factory ride IMO.

Honda will regulate their satellite bikes so they won't take points from their Repsol factory team, and Yamaha's resources are less and invested in JL (rightly), VR (good for marketing and still fast) and Pol Espagaro (we shall see).

At least Ducati will be giving Cal 100% support - they NEED to. IF it were possible Ducati would throw everything behind a rider who could get a win for them - sadly a feeling that a satellite or customer Honda rider will never enjoy.

Even if he doesn't get a competitive Ducati at least he's being well-paid to finish mid-pack, and there is at least some small chance that Ducati can be more competitive in the next 2 seasons.


October 27, 2013 5:59 PM

Cal has trailed off in the last half of season and I believe it has more to do with machine than man!! Even JL said earlier in season that Cal would probably win soon so I know he has the ability and JL saw that as well. Keep in mind Crutchlow was in the mix of the top three late last year and early this year

Anyway his satellite bike is no match for the factory ones. Earlier in the year he was hands down performing better than (my favorite rider) Rossi (minus the win) and now he cannot even keep up...that is not a loss of skill but performance from machine or his machine has just not changed while the factory has moved on. Coincidentally this seem to have happened around the time he announced his move to Ducati.

Unfortunately or financially fortunately, he will not get better on the Duc, at least not next year but lets hope Ducati can improve to properly utilize Cal and Dovi's abilities!


October 27, 2013 7:23 PM

The best hope for Cal and Andrea at Ducati next year is for Audi to start spending some serious money!
I am sick of seeing Ducati as the laughing stock of the premier class.

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