MotoGP »

Herve Poncharal (Tech 3 MotoGP) - Q&A

“We've had a lot of riders - maybe 30 or more - but when we retire, for the whole team, Cal is going to remain a special guy” - Herve Poncharal, Tech 3.
An exclusive interview with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team principal Herve Poncharal, the first part of which focuses on the team's fortunes in MotoGP this season with top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow and rookie team-mate Bradley Smith.

Crutchlow will move to the factory Ducati team at the end of this season, with Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro joining Smith for 2014...
Tell us about Cal's time as a Tech 3 rider?

Herve Poncharal:
Last year Cal clearly made a big step compared with 2011. I think Cal used the winter break before 2012 to analyse and understand what went wrong in 2011 and Dovi was also important as a team-mate.

Dovi was the lead rider last year in terms of points and podium finishes. But Cal was very close and for sure the strength of the team was the two of them pushing each other and scoring big points.

I think Cal learnt a lot from Dovi - how he worked, watching him, access to all the data - and Cal pushed Dovi, so they both helped each other in a way.

When it is your team-mate you have 'no excuse'. You've got to do it. When it is the same brand but a different team, you can think 'different treatment, different technical crew - different something'.

Then Dovi left [for Ducati] and I knew Cal was going to be the lead rider in the team this year. But would Cal be able to cope with that? Would he be able to still improve?
Without having someone to push him as hard...

Herve Poncharal:
This is what we were thinking during the winter break. But as soon as we arrived for the first pre-season test at Sepang we could see that Cal was even better.

Although he had a massive improvement from '11 to '12, we weren't sure if they would be another improvement for '13. But there definitely was. This year he has been a better MotoGP rider than last year.
In what ways?

Herve Poncharal:

Tagged as: Cal Crutchlow , Smith , Poncharal

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Crutchlow, and Poncharal, MotoGP race, French MotoGP 2013
McPhee, Smith, Skinner, Czech Moto3 race 2016
Marquez, Crutchlow, Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow, Cecchinello, Marquez Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow, Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow, Iannone, Crowds, Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow chasing Iannone, Czech MotoGP race 2016
Smith, Lorenzo Czech MotoGP race 2016
Baz, Smith Czech MotoGP race 2016
Aleix Espargaro, Crutchlow, Vinales Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow, Czech MotoGP race 2016
Pol Espargaro, Smith Czech MotoGP race 2016
Rossi, Crutchlow Czech MotoGP race 2016
Rossi, Crutchlow Czech MotoGP race 2016
Lorenzo, Bradl, Crutchlow Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow, Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow, Czech MotoGP race 2016
Crutchlow, Czech MotoGP 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


October 31, 2013 2:25 PM

"So many people who know everything! It is always the same, there are so many 'Mr I know Everything' around the paddock that at some stage you don't listen any more." Herve Poncharal. He could be talking about LOL

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.