Cal Crutchlow won't miss the 2014 Desmosedici's dubious front-end handling, which contributed to incidents like this at the Sachsenring's fast, downhill 'Waterfall' corner during qualifying for the German MotoGP:

"Last year [at Tech 3 Yamaha] I was 30km/h faster through the corner but today's crash was because we had no weight on the front of the bike," Crutchlow explained at the time. "As usual when you accelerate you don't have enough load in the front."

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The Englishman persevered and later defied his critics by turning his season around with a podium at Aragon. Crutchlow is moving to LCR Honda in MotoGP this year, when Ducati will debut a heavily redesigned Desmosedici GP15.

Some have called for Sachsenring's Waterfall turn to be changed following a series of high-speed accidents - a tighter layout being tried, and rejected, just before last year's event - but Crutchlow is among those that don't want the challenging corner to be altered.