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May 20, 2013 1:14 PM

MotoGP » Le Mans: Crutchlow - Coughing blood to podium champagne

@RocketR1 Apparently Bridgestone couldn't find anything wrong with JL's tyre. Set-up issue? And I think what really hurt MM's race wasn't so much his bad start but the amount of times he ran off track/ran wide due to his inexperience in riding a MotoGP bike in the wet. Next time no doubt he'll be a lot more competitive. Buy yes, other riders just have to try and capitalise on these opportunities when they come up. They won't happen often.


May 20, 2013 11:02 AM

MotoGP » Le Mans: Crutchlow - Coughing blood to podium champagne

The reason Cal continued to cough up blood after the accident was because he hit the ground so hard that he suffered a pulmonary contusion (i.e. blunt trauma impact to the lung that causes its small blood vessels to burst). PC can be a very serious and complicated injury and certainly not something to be made light of. Those seeking to disparage what was a very brave and determined effort should try throwing themselves to the ground hard enough to damage lung tissue and then try to even walk or ride a bicycle. That Crutchlow almost put the bike on the front row of the grid shortly afterwards is quite frankly astonishing.


May 13, 2013 4:46 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: I could be replaced by Espargaro

@ some1 "My eyes instantly catch Sykes as a rider will seamlessly adapted to MotoGP styles." Sorry, can't agree there. Ask anyone who's seen the telemetry data on Sykes's riding and they'll probably tell you that - much like Toseland and Crutchlow before him - his throttle trace is straight up and down (i.e. he opens and closes the throttle very abruptly). Great for single fast laps (which is where Sykes & Crutchlow excel) but ruthless on tyres and hard to sustain over race distance. What's critical in MotoGP is smoothness on the throttle. It's taken Cal 3 years to figure it out and probably would take Sykes just as long. It's hard to 'unlearn' the way you've always ridden.

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