WSBK » 500GP winner Crafar joins Crescent Suzuki

"After watching closely I believe very strongly in the ability of both Leon and Jules, so I am looking forward to helping them and the team achieve the great results I am very sure they are capable of" - Simon Crafar.

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April 18, 2013 5:23 PM

Peter, I do agree but weirdly it's never as simple as that. Many riders out there have so much natural talent they find it hard to 'share' that ability with others. Marquez is an amazing talent but would he be an effective instructor at a race school? Possibly not.

Crafar was never the fastest and even in his Motovudu video of Almeria he doesn't actually lap that quickly (1.48 I think?) but he does have the ability to study riding and pick up on where even the best can be better and go faster.

ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 10:09 AM

yeeee,... he is a very good help to Suzuki

did anyone see him race live? i was little but have some memories like from Ron Haslam...

cheers, Moto Vudu video is in style...check it if you dont see yet...

rolling stoner - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 2:30 AM

Simon Crafar would be the last person to use as a mentor, he has no real credentials and won no superbike races, he only won a 500 race at donington 'coz the dunlops were better than michelins the day. I remember him getting smoked by Andrew Stroud in the early 90's in the nz national series. If I was getting mentored I would rather someone like John Hopkins


April 22, 2013 7:59 AM

@rolling stoner
Crafar's win at Donington was magestic, I was there that day and he completely eclipsed Mick Doohan it is irrelevant that the Dunlops where the better tyre he was just the better rider that day.
During hs WSBK career he struggled on the outdated Muzzy Kawaski but was robbed of a win in Indonisia in 97 when Kocinski torpedoed him in the secocond to last turn after he had lead most of the race.
He was always a very good devopment rider, he did wonders with the dog crap Rumi Honda RC45 when Slight and Pollan struggled with it.
At the end of the day any experience or guidance is a bonus for these guys.

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