WSBK » Crutchlow admits he almost went to Moto2

World Superbike Championship graduate and reigning World Supersport Champion Cal Crutchlow has admitted that Yamaha very nearly lost him to Moto2 in 2010...

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Boo - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 1:45 PM

Bear in mind he was competitive on the HM Plant Honda on the WSBK stage in 2008 on the occasions he appeared. Now he knows the circuits and is riding the championship winning bike, Crutchlow should be a race winner and do as well as Rea did this year, if not better.

kwikkwak - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 2:21 PM

I think he will do very well in Worlds but have to admit i have my doubts about either Moto2 or Motogp.Mainly because in a recent interview he said he prefered racing a Supersport bike to a Superbike because there are too many changes available to make on a Superbike.And you end up going around in circles with regard to set up.If he has issues with it on a Superbike then he will be well and truly in the deep end with Moto2 and GP because there is no end to the amount of changes available to chassis set up.If he does progress i hope he can prove me wrong :)

Phil - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 2:59 PM

He was dominant in WSS, on a new bike, with a new team and on unknown tracks. His experience with superbikes is fairly limited, but he can only learn more about set-up as he goes along. He will no doubt make mistakes, but he is working with a championship winning team, so that will be a big asset.
Must be a title contender in 2010.

MD - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 3:31 PM

Gresini = satellite team.

As Steve Martin said during commentary, you're mad not to stick with a factory ride.

Particularly when the factory happens to have the best MotoGP package currently available.

Cal's in the right place, at the right time.

He may not win straight away - and people like Spiesssss19 (whatever, don't pay much attention) will start crowing about how right they were, but he'll get there.

He has the talent, he has the pace.

FazerMonkey - Unregistered

December 28, 2009 4:30 PM

Yamaha you should be ashmed of yourselves forcing a young and very talented lad from pursuing his dream. I hope wins well this year then f$$ks off to Moto2 after that. Being forced to stay with Yamaha is simply not going to do him any favours because look who's ahead of him,Spies then Lorenzo then Rossi, he's got no chance of getting in ahead of any of them. Going to Gresini using a Honda engine and with their Honda connections would have been great for him especially as Honda have no superstars in their lineup right to the top, save for possibly crashtastic Pedrosa and maybe Simoncelli, whatever I wish him all the best because he's now our best hope after the very sad passing of Jonesy RIP


December 28, 2009 4:36 PM

If Cal finishes somewhere around 5th this year like Rea than that should be considered a successful rookie campaign. To expect him to come in and do a Spies isn't really fair to him. Not only did Spies have more Superbike experience being a 3 time AMA Champion but a rookie winning the amount of races, poles, and taking the title like Spies in WSBK hasn't happen in over 15 years. If Cal does it than it will be a brilliant effort, but the law of percentages says it's a bad bet for it to happen in back to back years.

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