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Austin MotoGP: Crutchlow doubts chances

“Tonight Marquez is going to the woods. We're taking him!” - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow proved a thorn in the side of the factory MotoGP stars throughout the season-opening Qatar weekend, in which he battled for a podium until a mistake in the closing stages of the race.

But the Englishman believes the advantage offered to the official Yamaha and Honda riders, plus LCR's Stefan Bradl, by a private test at the Circuit of the Americas - venue for this weekend's inaugural Texas event - is too great to overcome.

“You can't lose anything to these guys,” Crutchlow explained. “The front five or six are on the limit as it is and if you've lost three days' worth of track time it's near on impossible to compete at the front.

“But if I can salvage a good result, improve every day and improve again in the race I'll be really happy. Get out of here and build more points.

"With it being such a long technical track I think we'll lose out quite a lot, but I think the other guys that haven't tested will as well. So my job is to be at the front of that group.”

The rider who excelled most during the private test was rookie Marc Marquez, fastest over all three days. Crutchlow joked that he will 'help' the Honda star get lost before the race.

“Tonight he's going to the woods. We're taking him! He never got lost on his own, so it's down to us!” smiled Crutchlow.

“No, he obviously did a fantastic test. The race weekend will be very different. The four or five guys that tested here will be able to challenge, but clearly Marc was fastest.

“After one MotoGP race he challenged for the podium, challenged his team-mate and is clearly able to challenge for the win here.

“But I think that will make the other guys step up to his pace - that's if he gets here on Sunday!”



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TalentFan

April 19, 2013 9:44 AM

The comments above would be laughable if they weren't plain ludicrous. What ARE you lot on? Dead easy for you to sit there and say he hasn't got it and doesn't have what it takes - just cos the guy shows some respect and also tells the truth when another rider does well. Haven't you actually considered that he might just be being realistic about his chances? The factory teams & Bradl tested there so have an advantage. They have factory bikes SO HAVE AN ADVANTAGE. Its got a very long straight so (like Qatar) THE HRC/YAM FACTORY BIKES HAVE AN ADVANTAGE! Nothing the guy has said there isn't accurate and realistic. None of it. Easier to Troll though, isn't it?

Exmarshal - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 10:33 AM

Instead of running Cal down for whatever reason you have, try reading Neil Spalding's piece this week. It explains precisely why the factory Yamaha is 15-20 HBO down on the Honda, but still a leap ahead of the Tech 3 Yamaha provably thanks to the gearbox, which Cal will be lucky to see for some time. They're not excuses, and if you had half an idea of how things work outside the comments pages on here, you might not be so quick to criticise



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