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Crutchlow explains short Tech 3 deal

“Jerez was a tough weekend for Yamaha. I think we need to look at the bike and strategy to improve, but I'm pleased with my bike and the team are working great. This is their home round and a big event.

“It's normally cold here and the Yamaha maybe works well in the cold, as we've seen in tests and the morning sessions before.”

The former World Supersport champion also summed up the views of many when asked if a penalty should have been applied to Marc Marquez for the last turn incident with Lorenzo at Jerez.

“We're racing motorcycles, there's 24-25 guys riding around and at some point the main guys are going to hit each other or at least touch,” said Crutchlow.

“Was it over the limit? I don't know... But nobody crashed, nobody was hurt. I think it needs to be forgotten and let's carry on racing.”

2013 is Crutchlow's third season at Tech 3. Tech 3 has used Yamaha machinery ever since joining the premier-class in 2001.

Nicky Hayden's Ducati seat, or Suzuki's planned MotoGP return, are the only factory team rides potentially up for grabs at the end of this year.





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Ian S - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 10:33 PM

What satellite rider doesn't dream of a factory ride? Of course he wanted the full factory Ducati, even if it wasn't all that good. Rossi left Yamaha because his nose was put out of joint by his team mate beating him. I don't recall the same level of near hatred being leveled at him for doing what he thought was best for his career as being shown to Crutchlow by most of the posters on this page. To those guys I say that you are fools who know nothing about racing.

yawn - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 10:25 PM

1st 3 posters same person with no life... Good luck Cal, but it DOES seem that you see yourself as hard done by, believing that somehow you have had a disadvantage over Rossi and Lorenzo's bikes. Ever considered that the "new" parts they tried weren't as good? I think Cal is a fast guy, but his goodish results seem to have inflated his self image, believing he is hot property. Wanting to dump Tech 3 for Ducati didn't help his loyalty ratio, taking a 1 year contract as he was sure manufacturers would be fighting for him in 2014 didn't help either. Cal's old arrogant attitude (which has hidden quite well in MotoGP) seems to be remeasuring and biting him hard. Should have been a bit more muted Cal, but good luck in 2013 anyway...



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