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Matthew Birt  says:

No Yamaha 1000cc test for Cal Crutchlow in Sepang

Cal Crutchlow will still have to wait until next month’s Valencia test to get his first ride on Yamaha’s new 1000cc MotoGP machine. It was rumoured that the British rider might test the new YZR-M1 earlier than anticipated because former world champion Jorge Lorenzo is unable to race or test in Malaysia after he suffered a nasty left hand injury in...

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Jul 11

Posts: 258

Ocdcbr says:

Cal needs time

On next years bike so it's a shame he does not get this extra bit. Sounds like Honda have the right idea with casey already on it twice and this next one a third run.

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Oct 07

Posts: 1302

hugelean says:

Not showing a lot of faith in Cal. I suspect they only have a finite number of bikes available.. no offence meant.. He'll be on it at Valencia so no biggy(smalls). Gonna be nice to see the 1000 yam and honda back to back, should be a bit (more) quicker than the 800s due to the nature of the track.. Apart from Casey's Mugello test(allegedly) and of course the exact grippy tarmac that aids corner speed at Muggello, they(the 1000s) haven't looked much quicker which does suggest all riders have work to do on their 1000 technique..

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May 06

Posts: 42


Yamaha Malaysia Test

Thought they would have taken the oppertunity to stick Dovi on it while he was still fresh from riding the works Honda to get some comparisons ?

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

What are you guys talking about??

Cal is not a factory rider. Isn't suppose to be testing the new 1000cc bike. If has nothing to do with "faith" as hugelean brings up. And Ocdcber,yeah Casey has been on the Honda a couple of times but he's suppose to HE'S THE FACTORY RIDER. And WIDEGRIP - there is no opportunity to "stick Dovi on it". Dovi is still contracted to Honda not to mention he is not a factory Yamaha rider either. He will probably be on the bike at the after season test in Valencia. Cal and Dovi will ride for Tech 3 - they aren't factory Yamaha riders.

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Dec 08

Posts: 60

assen03 says:


You have made the obvious points here. However Cal is payed by Yamaha, and wouldn't it have been better to put him on it, than to put on someone 3 seconds slower a lap. Surely better for them and Cal?!


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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:


Cal is contracted and paid by Tech 3 - not Yamaha. The normal course is for the factory riders and test riders to develop the bike - not satellite riders. Katsuyuki has been working on the development of the M1 along with the Bridgestone tires and considering him and Spies have already ridden the 1000cc bike it isn't better for Cal to test the bike instead of either. Cal can't do a better job then them of evaluating if the bike is going forward in development if he hasn't ridden the bike before.

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Sep 11

Posts: 2284

YamahaGYTR says:


Runs both seats in his team.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5216

Nostrodamus says:

Wonders never cease

I actually agree with Hardlyleans take of Yamaha's opinion on Cal and the reason(s) he won't be testing.

Slightly ominous for Cal. He needs to up his game 2012. Early season positive flashes 2011 followed by regression is not a good look in a rookie. Herve's not known for his second year rider patience unless they're doing the business.

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Sep 11

Posts: 305

There'd be more to gain

Putting edwards on it, but that ain't gonna happen either for obvious reasons

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Jun 10

Posts: 288

bluehaze60 says:

Under pressure

I think , With dovisioso going into the team and probably as no 1rider will get the bike 1st ,co cal come on mate up your game and stay in gp,s after 2012, and we can cheer on 2brits with Bradley moving to moto gp

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