Last chance Crutchlow. Oh dear.
Last chance? says who?
And last chance is better than no chance.
Motogp is the pinnacle and what most riders would aspire to, just as they aspire to be world champion of Motogp. For some, the realisation that it will never happen will come sooner or later, but until it does, they have hope. After it has, some are content to hang on and take the money, achieving nothing, some will move on. Just to compete at the level Cal has managed already is a huge achievement. He's hardly flopping around at the rear, wasting a competitive ride, like others before him on full factory equipment. Present time, there are just 4 factory seats in Motogp. What are you saying, the rest should just pack up and leave them to it? Outside of those 4, to remain racing in Motogp, the Tech3 ride is the best option to keep in the focus of team managers.
Podiums this year are really only achievable if Stoner, Lorenzo or Pedrosa fail to get there for whatever reason. Wins for anyone else against those three is virtually unattainable. Podiums next year will be equally as difficult. However, Marquez is the big unknown and he could crash his way out of a few races in his first season. A slip up by one of the other three and if Cal is close enough, he could get on the bottom step.
If Dorna and the FIM can guarantee a stable set of rules for 2014 onwards, there may be factory teams entered by BMW, Suzuki and who knows who else. Another solid year on the Tech3 bike for Cal could well pave the way for a factory ride with another manufacturer. Even Ducati may have a sorted bike by then. Opportunities may open.
Ultimately, if it all leads nowhere, he will at least have tried and put in a good showing, something to be proud of. WSB will always be there and there is plenty of time to go back to that series if chances to ride a competitive full factory bike fail to materialise in Motogp.
The 'sold out' accusations are garbage. He wants to succeed in Motogp and at this moment in time, he's picked the best option to stay on that course.