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July 19, 2013 9:15 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: At the moment I have no job

@ myselff Technically Stefan Bradl is 'factory supported' but the bike he is running IS full factory spec except for the Brembos he's opted to use in favour of Nissin. His contract is directly with HRC rather than with LCR, which is why he joined the Repsol riders at the Aragon test recently to evaluate the 2014 factory machine. From LCR's own website: "LCR Honda Team rider Stefan Bradl pulled the covers off his new Factory Spec Honda RC213V today."


July 19, 2013 7:47 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: At the moment I have no job

@ Nanfa The problem for Cal and Yamaha is that he simply doesn't figure in their future plans. They intend to keep Lorenzo and Rossi as their factory riders into 2015, and even if one of those two did leave, the guy who would step up would be Pol Espargaro, who will have a factory contract as from next year. I don't see any compelling reason for Cal to stay at Tech 3 for another season The satellite M1s will be less competitive next year (probably no seamless shift) and his position at the end of 2014 would be no stronger than it is now. The only difference if he stayed another year with Tech 3 would be the possible option of a Suzuki ride in 2015, But what's to say their bike would be any more competitive than the Ducs? And by then the Ducati option would have gone too. It's not an easy decision to make.


July 17, 2013 9:30 AM

MotoGP » Dovizioso asks Ducati fans to be patient

@ TalentFan Hayden was as good as gone from Ducati as soon as they had the management clear out and Audi took the reins. Those that advocated for Nicky are no longer there. Plus which Ducati still have Spies for the US market. And no, at this point it's still not 100% that it'll be Cal who will join them (though still likely). Other candidates include Bradl and Redding, or even Spies. They might announce something at LS.


July 14, 2013 9:37 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow ‘never gave up’, closing on elusive win

Of course the BBC commentators kept mentioning Crutchlow. So did the official MotoGP commentary. Without his pass on Rossi and attempts at chasing down Marquez what else was happening in the race? As for patriotism, the last British rider to achieve 4 or more podiums in a GP season was a certain Mr. B. Sheene. It's been a very long time since British motorcycle sport has had a rider who could even be competitive at this level. A bit of flag-waving is understandable given the wait.

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