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Matthew Birt  says:

Sachsenring MotoGP: Late mistake costs Cal Crutchlow top five

British rider Cal Crutchlow saw his chances of recording another top five MotoGP finish ruined by a late mistake in yesterday’s German Grand Prix at the tight and twisty Sachsenring. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was lamenting his lack of aggression in the early stages of the 30-lap race after he got involved in a race long scrap with team-mate...

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Jul 11

Posts: 32

Momo1970 says:

Not sure about Cal racing skill is fully brushed. He may won couple of wsb races but mostly over the UK. How many Superbike wins he has? How many podiums he has (in WSB and MotoGP)? Not enough credentials to ride Yamaha or Honda official bikes in my opinion.

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Oct 07

Posts: 1306

hugelean says:

Have to feel for cal it's been his own fault everytime... Reckon he's putting his desire for a factory yam ahead of what really matters getting the results, gets the red mist every time he sees Dovi infront.. Now that he's apparently signed for ducati he may relax, and he'll have to because if he's moaning about a tech 3 yam he'll never fucking shut up about the duke... Unless of course Presiozi has already been moved off the project by Audi, they want Rossi and there isn't room for both him and Presiozi in that team.. bye bye pretzel... Hello new era for ducati?? Good luck on the duke if that's where you are heading Cal and stay on the rest of the season better to be one place back than in the gravel just ask casey..

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Feb 11

Posts: 616

Milkybars says:

Pardon me, but WTF are you looking at

when you say, "His star is in the accendancy whereas Dovis and Speez' have flat-lined." Obviously, you have chosen to base this on his first 2 races where he came 4th. After that Cal have nothing, no performance where anyone can put the word "STAR" next to his name.

"Fk 'em..Cal's off to Bologna anyway, to replace another over rated Yank well past his sell-by best." I take it that this statement is for Colin Edwards who had 2 WSBK World Championship and therefore earned his stripes to moved to Motogp where he has two 5th and a 4th in the World Championship. I won't go into discussion with Nicky Hayden nor Ben Spies as theres are unfolding, but we have celebrated a 2006 World Championship.

To say the word overated for our American riders and knowing somewhere along the course, we can all say, they were up on the podium spraying the sparkly stuff, while your British riders would have to journey back to WSBK for a taste is pot calling the kettle black. 

Motomatters had this to say for Cal:

The Englishman was rather more colorful in his mea culpa. "In all honesty, it was a stupid race, where I should have done so many things differently," Crutchlow said. He had the pace to run with Lorenzo, Crutchlow believed, but he had sat behind his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, with a plan to pass him with five laps to go. Crutchlow's problem was that he had no speed on the straight, and so he had had to risk more going into Turn 1. So much more that he ended up running straight on, into the gravel, and losing six places. He did not understand why he was so much slower than his teammate, he said, but the answer perhaps lies in Dovizioso's history on the Honda. When talking about the switch between the two, Dovizioso has continually said that the Honda's biggest strength is drive out of the corners. The Italian spent four years trying to capitalize on that strength, using the drive to catapult himself out of the corners. Now that he is on the Yamaha, Dovizioso has retained that skill, driving the bike forward more quickly than the other Yamaha riders and making it hard for Crutchlow to catch him along the front straight.

For an act of cold, calculated cunning, look no further than Valentino Rossi. The Italian had got mixed up with Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera, and decided against spending all his time battling with the two Ducatis. The setup change his team had tried - a reversion to the settings used at Estoril and Barcelona, and away from the slightly more Ducati-driven settings of Silverstone and Assen - had worked out well, allowing Rossi to run a consistent pace, a little slower than otherwise, but at least keeping his tire in one piece. As the end of the race drew near, Rossi made his move, disposing of Hayden and Barbera with relative ease. He was even lining up Stefan Bradl for a pass at the bottom of the hill, but Casey Stoner thwarted his plans, the yellow flags from the Australian's crash making a pass at that point of the track illegal

Our American riders do not get held up with lame excuses such as Cal's and have shown better racecraft and thats not overated. As for his asendancy.....well I thought that meant where one go upwards. Please point out where Cal in the last 3 races, beat his American teammate.

CAL = No Racecraft!!!

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