MotoGP » Crutchlow front row return, ‘in two minds’ over tyres

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I think it's clear to most impartial observers (and very clear to Yamaha) that Cal is performing beyond expectation on what is unequivocally a 2nd-tier bike in a 2nd-tier team. And while the machine specs might be close to factory (the works bikes have a more recent electronics package and a fuel tank that lowers and centralises the bikes's mass on a full fuel load), those small differences do make a difference when you are trying to eke out tenths of a second. But the advantages of factory support extend further than machine spec, as the riders also get more private testing time (e.g.. Aragon next week), as well as the benefit of any new parts, like the new seamless transmission which they are rumoured to be testing shortly (and which Tech 3 certainly WON'T get). For any satellite rider to place amongst factory riders has always been a creditable achievement, and it's only natural that any satellite rider managing to do it regularly would hope for a higher level of support.

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