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MotoGP Malaysia: Can Crutchlow get more HRC support?

"After maybe one test, it's already different"
The only rider to score more points than Cal Crutchlow in the last eight races is newly crowned triple MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.

Crutchlow, who scored just 20 points in the opening eight races, has pulled in 121 points in the eight races since - including two race wins and four podiums.

Marquez has scored just seven points more than Crutchlow since Sachsenring. But while Marquez rides for the factory Repsol Honda team, Crutchlow is at the satellite LCR Honda team.

The Englishman's victory last weekend at Phillip Island was the first dry win by a non-factory rider in MotoGP since 2006. But will such success translate into greater support from HRC next season?

"I don't know. Honestly speaking we are happy with what we have. Technically we are in a great level. But I don't think it is down to me to make this decision or ask for anything more or anything less," Crutchlow said at Sepang on Thursday.

"The bike is at a good level; we can see from the Phillip Island race we are not really missing anything. And as I've always said, if you put Marc on my bike he would be at the same speed. We have to be realistic.

"Sure we did a good job in the second half of the season, just not the first."

Pressed on whether his results will change anything in terms of HRC support, Crutchlow replied: "You'd have to ask them."

What would you like, being realistic that LCR is a satellite team?

"I can't disclose what I'd like or wouldn't like. Factory support is factory support..."

Honda usually provides almost identical bikes to all its MotoGP riders at the start of the year: "But it doesn't finish the year the same, I can tell you that. After maybe one test, [the Repsol bikes] are already different.

"I'll ride what I've got and my team work with what we have. [The level of HRC support] is more down to the team and Honda rather than me."

Crutchlow starts the penultimate round with a 24-point advantage over Pol Espargaro in the battle to be top satellite rider in the 2016 standings.

The #35 has been race-developing a different Honda chassis, rumoured to have been rejected by the Repsol riders, since Silverstone.

By Peter McLaren







Tagged as: Cal Crutchlow , celebrate

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Guna4699

October 27, 2016 1:07 PM

Tone down French... you try to belittle his efforts by saying what happened in Philip islands alone. You call for probabilities of misfortunes for other top riders to claim he had the luck on his way to win the Australian GP but he is having a stellar season post summer break, that is more performance rather than mere luck... way to go cal... Nice big man but big mouth, he is a jolly sarcastic talkative guy nothing wrong as long as he doesn't do a PR blunder.

Don-R

October 27, 2016 1:24 PM

ZeFrenchAngle:In the cold light of day, when Valentino and Jorge do not qualify 15th and 12th on the grid, which is 98% of the time, and Dani is fit, and Marc does not crash Cal does not normally beat them
But what satellite rider can be expected to regularly beat the factory riders? That it happens at all is an achievement worthy of note. And it certainly won't be going unnoticed by HRC, even if they don't immediately respond to it.



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