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Matthew Birt  says:

Cal Crutchlow better off in WSB for 2011

Cal Crutchlow would be better off delaying his switch to MotoGP until 2012, according to a leading Yamaha boss. The British rider has become hot property since he won both races at the Silverstone WSB round earlier this month and Crutchlow is close to clinching a deal to replace Ben Spies in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad for 2011. Crutchlow was...

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Apr 05

Posts: 61

Jeff44 says:

Stay Put!!!

I would hate to see Cal running about in 7-8th place in Moto GP for 2-3 years then have to come back to WSBKs as seems to hapen with most! Why don't riders stick to what they are good at? There is no shame in being a multiple world Superbike Champion!

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Aug 10

Posts: 217

maazzz1 says:

He can decide

On the mail RawDawg, the set up advice given by Rossi in testing was exactly what had been asked for all year by Cal. Whether he  goes or not should be a decision left entirely to him... if he is right in making the move straight away then great for him, however if he decides to go and with the benefit of time and hindsight he should of waited longer then the decision was always his rather than someone else's that may have had other motivations. 

I've only seen him race in WSS from last year on and the guy is a talent without a shadow of a doubt, and if he is as talented as you guys are saying that may have followed his career, then he will adapt and another year in WSB, taking nothing away from the quality their, will not benefit him greatly. But like any rider, he will need a decent bike underneath him and a good team to get the results. Be interesting to see how Cal goes in the last 3 rounds of WSB after his big double last race.  

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Jan 09

Posts: 845

v1nn1e says:

The Spectator!

I know very little of the ins and outs of the racers, their bike set-ups and the balance between rider skill and crew-team input. What I do know is that I will find MotoGP that bit more interesting if there is a Brit racing than if there isn't, so my hope is that he takes the Tech 3 offer.

FWIW, I would also agree with some of the opinions that another year in WSBK on Pirelli's won't necessarily help with a later move to MotoGP and Brigestone tyres, IMHO... but then I doubt if I could tell the difference between running on a pair of Dunlops and a pair of tyres made from wood! <¬)

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Sep 09

Posts: 51

mcbainuk says:

one thing's for sure

Let's hope he doesn't waste his MotoGP chance by going to Suzuki!

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Sep 09

Posts: 51

mcbainuk says:


I wonder if Yamaha will provide him with a bike to have a race in MotoGP before the end of the season like they did for Spies.......

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

bruncvik & mazzz1

I guess you guys missed were I said "It's debatable that Rossi don't sort it in a half ass test or that the team just didn't listen to JT and Cal". When it was said that the team learn more with Rossi than the whole year with the regular riders, I was the first one to raise my hand and say "bullshit" to that. Seriously, they have so much data that they could see what lap the riders farted in their leathers. That didn't make sense.

Anyway, it Yamaha won't have a factory seat at Tech 3 than what's the point of hanging around WSBK for another year without any guarantees?

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Mar 09

Posts: 490

SV659Nut says:

You go Cal...

I hope Cal goes to MotoGP next year if he is given the chance. These opportunities don't come along all the time and in my opinion it is foolish to pass up the chance.

More time in WSBK won't help him at all on a MotoGP bike because they are very different machines. He has the talent to do well if he gets a decent bike and the Tech 3 machine has proven to be the best non factory machine so far this year.

Go for it Mr Crutchlow!

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Dec 08

Posts: 1963

thestig08 says:

get off to moto gp

once in a lifetime opportunity to be at the top take it !

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Nov 08

Posts: 33

tongy1 says:


Well although i would say he is my fav wsb rider right now he isnt leading the championship or anything. Yeah ok the BIKE dont last race distance most of the time and if it did we would probably see more wins. But come on look at spies. In my opinion the most talented rider wsb has seen and he is doing the business in gp but cal isnt really close to him right now i dont think. I hope he stays and i think he will win it next year (wsb title) go in with full confidence as he thrives on confidence rather then go in with a bit of doubt if he can match it with the boys. I think secretley spies knew he could run top 5 pace before he went, whereas im not sure with cal.

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Jun 10

Posts: 3

blueyscoupe says:

Not Good Enough

I can't see how Crutchlow is anywhere near ready for MotoGP. Winning 2 races at your home circuit in WSBK does not now make you ready for MotoGP. Even those that have been WSBK champs have found it tough moving to MotoGP. Crashing, under performing then winning 2 races at home does not in anyway mean your ready for MotoGP. If Crutchlow goes to MotoGP who will be churned up and spat out quicker than Toseland was. Come on the sport should be more about rider ability than the obvious need to get an English rider half competitive in MotoGP. At least the aussies have to ride their ring off and earn their rides by reaching their full potential in WSBK, as did the likes of Bayliss. We should only being seeing the best in MotoGP. Not could bes struggling at the back of the field all season. Makes the sport more interesting if they are more capable of running up the front.

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