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Dutch MotoGP: Crutchlow: I’ll ride my own race

“My job is to beat the factory Yamaha riders” – Cal Crutchlow.
By Stephen English

Cal Crutchlow dismissed any notion that he will be under increased pressure from Yamaha to challenge the Honda riders in this weekend's Dutch TT, following Jorge Lorenzo's collarbone-breaking accident.

With the Spaniard missing this weekend's race, Yamaha will be hoping their main championship contender loses as little ground as possible to Honda's title leader Dani Pedrosa.

When asked if he will now be approaching this race any differently, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star Crutchlow said:

"No, I ride for Herve so I will do my own job and ride for our team. My job is to finish as high as I can and my job is to beat the factory Yamaha riders and to beat Jorge."

When asked about the track conditions in the wet, Crutchlow explained why he believes Lorenzo was caught out.

"It is slippy on the white line, but about six inches before the white line is also slippy. When they paint the white line that spray is [on the track] by about half a foot.

“So Jorge probably never touched the white line, but when he went onto the six inch patch beside the white line he would have been sucked towards the white line.

“It could have happened to anyone. It's unfortunate that it happened to Jorge because he was going to be the man to beat again this weekend.”

Crutchlow - second in the dry and seventh in the wet on Thursday - was happy with his bike, but felt that in the dry he needed to find some extra time in the opening sector of the lap where he was consistently losing a quarter of a second to Lorenzo.

"I felt quite comfortable in the wet," said the Englishman. "I didn't really take too many risks, we saw what can happen when you take risks today. I was quite happy with the set-up in the rain but in the dry we need to find a better setting for sector one."

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June 28, 2013 3:36 AM

Cal always talks himself up."I was fastest in the wet today" ? really? when? i watched the whole session. he wasnt on top the whole session at all! He always seems to think he is better than the factory guys but just lacks the right bike. . The factory bikes are not much better plus they have to test more often while he gets to focus on fast laps. !!!!! Look at top speeds . Cal is always right there even faster than the factory bikes at times. Same brakes, similar suspension, . Look at Ben spies. He was no faster on the factory bike even though he was sure he would be. . I can't wait to hear what cal says when he actually does get a factory bike and still doesn't beat dani Marc and Jorge. Everyone thinks he is owning rossi too. Actually he is not. In dry races he beat rossi in Texas. Lost to him in Qatar, Jerez and Catalunya. So he only beat rossi in lemans (wet) where rossi crashed (his own fault) and Texas. Mugello, rossi was crashed into. And look at "race laps" and see that rossi


June 27, 2013 8:15 PM

There's still 3 full-fat Factory bikes still in it - so talk of a certain podium or even a win are all a bit fantastical and very premature. No offence to Cal, I like him as a rider and would love to see him excel, but lets not pretend a podium result is in the bag - cos its not - he still needs to beat one Factory Yam/HRC just to get on the lowest step of the box. The only thing JL's sad accident really does is the blindingly obvious - it moves pretty much everyone up 1 spot in the standings - nothing more. Still, good luck to Cal, and a speedy recovery to Jorge!

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