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Rostrum objective for Crutchlow in 2013

'The top two will be Jorge and Dani Pedrosa again, without a shadow of a doubt. They will be there week in and week out' - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow hopes to make a further leap forward in 2013 to bridge the gap to MotoGP frontrunners Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

The 27-year-old was in strong form last year on the Tech 3 Yamaha, claiming a brace of rostrum finishes on the satellite M1 at Brno and Phillip Island to become the first British rider to achieve the feat since Jeremy McWilliams 12 years previously.

However, the Coventry rider – who is joined in an all-British line-up by Bradley Smith in Herve Poncharal's outfit – expects the competition to be tougher in 2013.

“I really don't know what equipment our team will get this year. The championship is definitely going to be tougher,” Crutchlow told BBC Sport.

“But hopefully I can be consistent and get a few podiums. That's the plan.”

Crutchlow, who finished seventh overall last year, has tipped Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez to be challenging at the front in his rookie season and also expects Stefan Bradl to up his level after an impressive debut.

And the ex-World Supersport champion is in no doubt Valentino Rossi will be a regular top-three finisher after the seven-times MotoGP champion's move back to Yamaha alongside reigning champ Lorenzo on the factory M1s.

“We've got some great guys out there this season,” Crutchlow said.

“The top two will be Jorge and Dani Pedrosa again, without a shadow of a doubt. They will be there week in and week out.

“I expect Marquez and Stefan Bradl to be there, and Rossi will be among the top three a lot. There is a list of people who could be on the podium every race so I expect the competition to be tough.

“I hope to be challenging the top guys when I can. Hopefully we can do the all-British team justice,” he added.

“But I've proven my speed and if I can improve again like last season and make that jump again, I can be even nearer to the front. I look forward to the challenge.”

Related Pictures

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Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2012
Kyle Smith, Aegerter, Hook on Suzuka podium (pic: TSR)
Smith at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Bradley Smith tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Marc Marquez tests at Misano (pic: Honda)
Dani Pedrosa tests 2016 Honda (pic: Honda).
Bradley Ray (GBR), FTR Moto2, Moto2, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Marquez testing at Misano (pic: Honda)
Crutchlow, German MotoGP 2015
Pedrosa, German MotoGP 2015
Marquez, German MotoGP 2015

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