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Don-R

May 11, 2013 11:01 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


@ i like green Poncharal has no say in it, this is being imposed on him by the Yamaha factory. And if he did have a say in it, you really think he'd want to lose his lead rider and the guy responsible for scoring the team most of its points, and who at every race weekend gets sponsors Monster Energy a ton of TV coverage? If he had any choice in it, I'm pretty sure Crutchlow isn't the one in the team he would want replaced.

Don-R

May 10, 2013 7:17 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


@ RocketR1 No doubt in the early stages of negotiations with Ducati, Crutchlow did use their interest as a bargaining chip. But things nonetheless progressed from there to the point of a verbal agreement for him to sign, and Ducati bosses even phoned Poncharal to notify him of the deal. But the whole thing came apart at precisely the same time that rumours of Rossi leaving Ducati to go back to Yamaha gathered momentum. Once it became clear VR was leaving, Ducati knew they needed an accomplished development rider to replace him. Which Cal never was. Hence Dovi. The whole thing was decided on the grounds of practicality and merit rather than anything said on Twitter.

Don-R

May 10, 2013 4:53 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


@ RocketR1 "Cal...talked himself out of the Factory Ducati ride" That's a complete internet myth. The situation at Ducati had nothing to do with who said what and everything to do with Rossi's decision to leave the team. Had Rossi not left, then Cal would have joined the team as planned. VR's departure turned everything on its head and left the team with potentially no development continuity, hence the cancelling of the proposed line-up.

Don-R

May 10, 2013 1:35 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro


For me the objectionable element of this story is not that Cal is to leave Tech 3 - it's meant to be a feeder team for the works squad after all, and 3 years is enough for any rider to keep a ride there - but that the goalposts are yet again to be moved for a Spanish rider. Already we've seen the rookie rule overturned for Marquez, and now it seems as though Tech 3 is to receive factory equipment for Espargaro - something they've never had before, even when Spies (a factory- contracted rider) was with them. How much longer before there's a Spanish lock out on all factory rides at Yamaha and Honda?


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