Well said Cal
It seems that Crutchlow is becoming the go to man in MotoGp for MCN. Becoming quite the oracle. So far I have to agree with most of what he has said. Becoming quite the oracle. Stoner the outright fastest and what he does on a bike is amazing, Valentino still one of the best going around and what Stoner has done takes balls…
What many also seem to forget, or may not even know is that at last post race press conference last year, Stoner was asked by an Italian journo what he thought about the new CRT rules and the regulations being muted by Dorna for 2012 and beyond. His response was more or less was that he thought it was a bad thing and he didn’t like it at all and that he would rather go and do something else if MotoGp went ahead. For him MotoGp was about prototypes, the best bikes with the best riders in the world and that if he wanted to race superbikes he would of gone there to race them…
Agree or disagree with the new CRT, the fact is that at the moment it is second rate compared to the prototypes. It is a very slow category within a category. Apart from De Puniet and Edwards who arguably could be retired or moving on to other racing, particularly the later, the guys riding out there are not even in the next tier of riders and no disrespect they are still talented, but they would be struggling to get a gig with good teams in superbike or moto2. Would a Luthi, Redding, Marquez, Iannone or even the top riders from WSBK jump on a CRT in their current state or even next year while they are up against the prototypes??? Not a chance!!! To be honest, if they do go to CRT rules and no longer prototypes, MotoGp will loose it’s advantage to the production series.
As for Stoner deserting a sinking ship, or moving on when the sport needs him most is a lot of tripe. He is doing what no other rider has the balls to do. Make a stand and say not for me but good luck to you. A while making that stand has said Dorna, you need to take responsibility for the big f’up. Going from 500 two strokes to 1000’s had a commercial sense, but then going down to 800’s to go back to 1000’s again makes none at all. Remember Kawasaki and Suzuki dropped out when the last two changes occurred. They weren’t prepared to sink all that extra investment in developing completely new prototypes.
And for f’sake if Dorna really wanted to control costs and make it a more even playing field then start introducing annual budget caps for both the racing and then the development side of things. With significant penalties for those that cheat. Try and keep the rules and regs as consistent as possible from season to season with no major changes to engine capacityor other major design and development requirements.
Other sports have implemented budget and salary caps effectively not only to control costs but also even the playing field. With a more even playing field, the likes of Suzuki and Kawasaki just might come back to the fray, and maybe even BMW and others would consider joining. But at the moment if you were BMW would you be looking at a prototype now that there is CRT being developed and the future of each is unclear. Probably not because there is no certainty and to be competitive at the top level at the moment you need huge budgets; there is not enough sponsorship and then not enough satellite teams around that can afford to lease the bikes at their current price given their development costs. Or then there is CRT. What would you prefer, what do you think all of the current riders and younger guys coming through would prefer?