WSBK » Crutchlow eyes Checa’s fourth

The Briton recovers from his tenth place grid slot to finish third and fourth in Germany.

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 10:20 AM

That comment is relevant to politicians not bike racers - for them results are what matter.

Yes he is a young man with a lot of self belief and a lot of people read that as arrogance. Whether he will turn out to be great or not is to early to tell, but it would be a very boring world if all riders just did good PR and were political clones.


September 07, 2010 10:22 AM

I think the general expectation was that the breakthrough in setup at Silverstone might be carried through to the Nurburgring, but that doesn't seem to have happened for whatever reason. Not sure what implications that has for the remaining races.

Nevertheless, it was a solid weekend for Cal. Although not as quick as he has been at other rounds, it's steady, controlled perfomances under less than ideal circumstances that often prove vital in championships. I get the feeling that the Cal Crutchlow of even earlier this year wouldn't have been so level-headed in his approach. So it's another small step forward IMO.

triplestrumpet - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 10:55 AM

Yeah, decent weekend for Cal good job but a bit disappointing after Silverstone. I'll bet his team were pleased enough with those finishes though.

At least he didn't have a weekend like his team mate. Wonder what HIS excuses are gonna be this time?

Ian S - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 1:01 PM

Let's face it. The 2010 R1 is a total nail. There isn't 1 of them doing any good anywhere as far as I'm aware. I think Cal and JT have done an excellent job getting this thing onto the podium at all, so if Cal bangs his own drum now and again then he deserves it.

With all the hype over the 2011 ZX-10 then I hope that Yamaha have something lined up for 2012 to replace the once mighty R1.


September 07, 2010 3:18 PM

Well Ian let me make you aware that Josh Hayes is leading AMA superbike on the R1 and has been doing so all year. He took it to Mladin last year and came up short but it looks like he may bag it this year.

wr86 - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 4:06 PM

Raw - Hayes only "took it Mladin" after he had decided he had enough of the AMA and would retire at the end of the season.

It was apparent that his heart wasn't in it anymore and so his results suffered.

Hayes, T. Hayden and Bostrom are all good riders but they aren't even close to the class that is Spies & Mladin.

Hayden is in contention for the title this year yet he couldn't even keep Ben & Matt in sight when they raced on the same equipment.


September 07, 2010 4:44 PM
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"Hayden is in contention for the title this year yet he couldn't even keep Ben & Matt in sight when they raced on the same equipment."

er, that's because he's not in the same class as Mladin or Spies either.

I'm not saying Hayes is in the same class as those guys but informing Ian that he's winning on the bike this year and leading the title. Last year he let Matt know that he couldn't just show up and half ass it and win. Matt had to wake up and bring it.


September 07, 2010 7:45 PM

"Rawdawg, what does Josh Hayes and AMA have to do with anything?"

Someone who posted before you asserted that the 2010 R1 was a "nail" that hasn't done anything any any championship when it has done very well in AMA with Hayes on the factory r1 and ben bostrom on the privateer r1.

Regarding Hayden comparing to spies and Mladin on identical equipment, the one year that they were all together, Tommy Hayden spent most of the year injured from a crash at fontana so he never did get up to speed that season.

It's not the bike.

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