Crash.Net User: Don-R

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July 24, 2013 5:52 PM

MotoGP » California Dreamin'

Smith is running the 2013 motor, just as the other Yamaha riders are. That's why he's also implicated in the issue over longevity of the 2013 engine. He may be one chassis iteration behind Crutchlow, but it was top speed that was the major weakness of the satellite M1s back when Colin and Cal were riding them in 2011.


July 24, 2013 4:32 PM

MotoGP » California Dreamin'

I don't see that there's a valid comparison to be made with Crutchlow's first year in MotoGP. Cal had not been to most of the tracks before and was racing in the pre-CRT era. The 2013 M1 is also far more competitive and closer to factory spec than the 2011 version was. If one were to look for a benchmark, a better comparison would be with Stefan Bradl - a rider with similar experience and who was on a comparable level of machinery in his rookie year.

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