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Don-R

July 23, 2013 5:13 PM
Last Edited 493 days ago

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow 'speaking to five teams'


According to speedweek.com, the deal with Ducati is done and signing the contract is a mere formality, to be completed before Indy. The deal is reported to be 3m for a 2-yr contract The article also claims that there was an HRC plan to move Cal into the Repsol squad for 2015 with Marquez. That plan now abandoned, apparently. The article is in German but worth a read.

Don-R

July 23, 2013 12:52 PM

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow 'speaking to five teams'


@ DC I do believe that, like Casey, Cal would perhaps be willing to take more risks and maybe put it on the line more to try and get the bike to work. But even if that was successful, what Ducati would then end up with is a bike that no one else can ride unless they're willing to risk serious injury. That's not a viable strategy going forward. On another note, it's being widely rumoured that Philip Morris' sponsorship of the Ducati team is on the rocks. If that's true then it's going to make quite an impact on their future plans - and of course delay any signings until things are resolved.

Don-R

July 23, 2013 12:01 PM
Last Edited 493 days ago

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow 'speaking to five teams'


@ DB8 Honestly I don't think Cal's "balls out" style would help him on the Desmo. He is very much a front-end kind of rider and tends to push the front a lot (which is why most of his crashes are lowsides). As it stands, the red bike is giving no feel or feedback to the riders, which is why they can't get heat into the tyres - they just can't tell what it's doing. Much as I admire Cal's progress over the last couple of seasons, I don't see him being the guy to turn that bike around. Not unless they're willing to bin what they have and start from scratch.

Don-R

July 23, 2013 11:54 AM

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow 'speaking to five teams'


I'm not convinced there's much basis to the LCR rumours. Bradl is very important to both Honda and Dorna for the German market (more important than the UK), and Cal wouldn't even earn as well at LCR as he would at Tech 3. I suspect the Honda option is being played up as a bargaining chip with other teams. In my humble opinion he would be better to stay with Yamaha (the deal on the table is for more factory support and better money) and see what comes up when many riders are out of contract at the end of 2014. Easy for me to say though, when he's reportedly being offered multi millions to ride the red bike.

Don-R

July 20, 2013 10:41 AM

MotoGP » ‘Happy’ Smith benefits from Laguna track day


@ guyhancock Yamaha seem to think Pol Espargaro might. I have my doubts on that myself, as Marquez is a true prodigy, but if Pol E. outperforms Smith when he moves up next year then it's game over for Bradley. Unfortunately BS has entered the class at a time when the bar for rookies is ridiculously high, and when factories are impatient to see results (as HRC are with Bradl). Steady progress isn't quite as valued as it once was.

Don-R

July 19, 2013 3:10 PM

MotoGP » Nicky Hayden confirms Ducati MotoGP exit


@ TalentFan Scrapping the CRTs seems like a move forward IMO. The prototype-engined bikes could be a lot more competitive with their 24L fuel allowance and softer tyres. Though as you say, the factories still pull the strings by nominating riders to the teams who run their engines. Still, the way is being paved now for a spec ECU and greater parity between all machines on the grid. Shame that it's just taking a painfully long time to get there.


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