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Don-R

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.

Don-R

July 23, 2013 8:56 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: Rest of season likely to be a struggle


Lots of rumours in the European press that Gigi Dall'Igna is set to leave Aprilia and take up a new position as Technical Director at Ducati. If it happens then it has to be a good thing, as Dall'Igna has a great record of sucess with Aprilia and should make a good intermediary between the riders and factory engineers. Something has to change soon, because the sponsors won't put up with this level of failure much longer. The red bikes don't even get airtime any more during races.

Don-R

July 23, 2013 5:13 PM
Last Edited 371 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 371 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.


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