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Matthew Birt  says:

Cal Crutchlow happy with early progress

Cal Crutchlow declared himself happy at the conclusion to his first big MotoGP examination as he beat Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Toni Elias to finish the second day of testing at Valencia with the 13th fastest time. Shrugging off a small crash yesterday afternoon, the Coventry rider took full advantage of sunny but breezy conditions to get in more crucial...

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Aug 09

Posts: 230

bruncvik says:

Not quite right

“never ridden this bike in the wet" 

Er, a mistake in the copy there, I think. He'd never ridden the bike in the DRY. He'd had 60 laps on it in the wet. 

Anyway, that's a very decent first outing from Cal. Especially given that he spent the whole test just putting in lap after lap to try and adapt his riding style rather than change anything on the bike. He's obviously looking to the Spies example of how to make a successful transition. I'm sure there's a lot more to come from him. 

I only hope he and Abraham get that rookie's test this winter - I gather it's starting to look a bit unlikely now?

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Oct 10

Posts: 183

toadhancocks says:

"THE EYES HAVE IT"  That is a face of pure committment, that could be a shot from a quali session next year!!! awesome :¬)

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Feb 10

Posts: 566

RobTZ says:


The Nation is behind you. With reference to one of the posts; don't look to Spies, look beyond to do better in your Rookie Year and win in 2012 for Britain.

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Jan 09

Posts: 845

v1nn1e says:

Good start

Just hope there aren't too high expectations of him next year...

But at least it will be nice to have a Brit to cheer amongst all of the Spaniards!

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Nov 09

Posts: 11

scotty998 says:

Old head on young shoulders

First Brit ever to win WSS, could easily be the first Brit to do well in motoGP for a long time, top bloke and rider! Good luck!

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Feb 04

Posts: 987

Fingers Crossed

I Hope he does well but it is a crap team (given that Ben had a yellow full works bike under him) and Colin just rid round all season and we all know Yamaha,s Jarvis will soon turn on Cal if he does not out ride the bike.

i sadly dont think we will see Cal near a rostrom for 3 or 4 years but please god make me wrong as i like the bloke and i like his riding attitude but as james found out once the team turns against you in MGP you are Fuc**d no matter how hard you ride.

i hope it does not wreck his career like it has poor old James Toselands ? he has gone from moto GP rider to Sattalite privateer in 3 seasons "sad that"

Come on Cal prove em wrong

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Mar 09

Posts: 294

Mort77 says:

Really good to see Cal doing respectable times in his forst test. Added to that his whole attitude towards the challenges ahead and how he is approaching them reminds me of a certain Ben Spies.


It will be very interesting to see how Cal does next year compared to Ben this year. Personally I don't expect him to be at the same standard as soon but I think he will get there quickly enough.

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Oct 05

Posts: 71

richlees2001 says:

Go for it Cal

Good to see that on his first outing he is only half a second down on his team mate.

Lets hope he can close that gap a bit more at his next outing in Feb.

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Aug 02

Posts: 602

winger says:

You would expect the Moto GP organisers to have some kind of system were as newcomers can get some decent practice in,the lad has ridden the bike twice!!!,and now has to wait 3 months before he gets to ride again,that cannot be right.

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Minty Fresh


Mar 08

Posts: 763

Minty Fresh says:

Go on Son!!!

C'mon Cal, I am praying for good things to happen!

 I as well as the nation have been waiting for a Brit to fly the flag for us in Motogp and I think you are the fella to do it! You look like a nutta, ride like a nutta so sharpen them elbows for next year and rough these guys up.... they wont like it one bit and it could get you near the front! :)

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