MotoGP champion Marc Marquez believes Cal Crutchlow can do a 'great job' with the Honda RC213V.

After three ever-improving seasons at Tech 3 Yamaha, culminating in being top satellite rider of 2013, Crutchlow secured a move to the Factory Ducati team. But the Englishman has been a shadow of his former self on the fickle Desmosedici and is returning to satellite status with LCR Honda next year.

Crutchlow will be riding a motorcycle of similar specification to Repsol Honda star Marquez, who has won ten of the eleven races this year.

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"I think it's a good step for him," said Marquez of the Crutchlow move. "He will have - I don't know if the same, or very close bike to my bike. Because normally in Cecchinello's team, Bradl's bike is completely the same as mine.

"It will be good for him. He is struggling with Ducati. But I think, for his riding style, with Honda he can do a great job."

Crutchlow may not be the only Briton on a Factory class Honda in 2015 with Marquez's former Moto2 rival Scott Redding due to take over the Gresini satellite machine, providing team funding issues are resolved.

"I hope [Redding will get the RC213V] because he has good potential," said Marquez. "I fought with him in the past and he was a really good rider. Also really aggressive. Pushing all the time. I like that in a rider.

"I would like that he will get a factory bike. Because when you are in the Open category, even though next year will be better, you know you cannot fight every race with the top guys. It will be important for him."

Back to this season and Marquez heads for Silverstone fresh from his first defeat of the year, finishing fourth at Brno in a race won by team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

"I will keep the same mentality," declared Marquez. "Just try to do my best every race and if I can get the victory I will try. If not, as in Brno, I will try to think about the championship.

"Brno was important because maybe last year in that situation I would have finished in the gravel! But this year I was able to think on the bike."

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Whatever the ins & outs of it, Cal will be riding the best satellite bike out there. He is never going to get the chance of a full factory ride with Honda or Yamaha so this is as good as it is ever going to get for him. Let's see what he can make of it.

and it is a default comment that does not need confirmation...ANYONE is going to do better on the RCV213, even a satelite version, than the old Ducati Cal is riding...that is a no brainer.

From MM's comments it sounds like the open" almost" RCV213 is still going to be more than the infamous 0.3s. a lap slower...the lawnmower Redding is riding now is almost 3s. slower...than MM.

regarding the Bradl RCV 213. ..The thing requires a big part of the HRC Japan engineers and their tools to set it up. I do not believe that the same number of engineers support LCR. And the "normally" says it all...MM is just assuming that but he does not know, a useless comment as you cannot believe HRC and LCR does not know what the MM RCV consists of.

just delete it.


One thing is certain, MM knows more about what goes on in the paddock and between teams than you or I know.[\blockquote]

sure...normally :-)

They're all in trouble if he starts thinking responsibly and doesn't stay with the bin it or win it tactics!!! Not much the other guys can do to take the crown from MM if he's thinking more maturely!! :o