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Pedrosa: Crutchlow has made biggest step

“Cal that has made the biggest step” – Jorge Lorenzo.
By Stephen English

Following Cal Crutchlow's superb fourth position at Jerez on Sunday, where the Englishman was just 2.5s behind race winner Casey Stoner, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider is now firmly on the radar of MotoGP's leading riders.

When asked following a tense Spanish Grand Prix who else he expected to challenge for the podium in the coming races, Jerez runner-up Jorge Lorenzo tipped Crutchlow as among the leading contenders.

“The 1000cc gives more opportunities to riders like Cal who is more comfortable on it,” said Yamaha's 2010 champion.

“He is more aggressive and can push on mistakes with it, whereas with the 800cc if you brake too late you can lose half a second with a mistake, with the 1000 maybe a tenth.

“Cal has done two great races and with the 1000 he seems faster.”

Having battled throughout the race with Crutchlow, and narrowly pipped him to the podium, Dani Pedrosa was best placed to discuss the evolution of the former World Supersport champion in his second year of grand prix racing.

The Spaniard commented that, “Looking at the results, really Cal has made the biggest step [from last year]. But still Andrea [Dovizioso] is also close and Nicky [Hayden] is doing well on the Ducati.”

Crutchlow, twelfth in last year's championship, has finished fourth and the top satellite rider in both races so far this year.



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dynamics - Unregistered

April 29, 2012 3:52 PM

@ALTO its not about past glories!! Bens past glories arent going to count for jack when it comes to rides next year. Ask Rossi about brand loyalty and winning titles for yamaha...or Hayden about Honda or Casey about Ducati. Winning Titles before, getting podiums before aint couting for anything this year...its all about riding WELL THIS YEAR!! and so far its 2-0 to Cal



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