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Matthew Birt  says:

Valentino Rossi hails ‘fantastic’ Cal Crutchlow

Valentino Rossi praised fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow after the Briton easily beat him to claim a fantastic fourth place finish in the first MotoGP race to be staged at the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Crutchlow was thrilled with his COTA debut after he claimed the scalps of Rossi and Stefan Bradl in the 21-lap clash. Both were expected to...

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yaki

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yaki says:

Well done Cal,mr Honda must be watching closely and thinking what could that kid do on our bike.Move over Dani you have had your turn.

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1986vfr750

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1986vfr750 says:

rossi is true smiling....

Assassin...cal had a great race and rossi again showed his class by praising him...crutchlow had excuses when rossi beat him...though he did praise him too. If anyone( nostro me old sparring partner im talking to you!!), thinks that cota is any indication of the season then WAKE UP!! Rossi never gelled at cota for some reason...i dont think its his inability to learn tracks as he has raced at 38 different ones in his career and won at all but arago and cota. He does need to qualify better for sure, but the season started with two tracks that he is not great at(3 wins aside at quatar...1 was a gift due to casey choke!). Now is the real test...the european schedule. Rossi is still finding his way and a second and sixth still has him in the hunt as this season looks like no one is going to pull away. If rossi doesnt win at least once in this leg of the championship then yes i will admit he has lost his mojo...personally im picking him to be fighting dani for the win at jerez...you heard it here first...ROSSI WILL BATTLE AND BEAT DANI AT JEREZ...cal will finish in his proper place of fifth( which is respectable in this company), unless marquez crashes...which is very possible as he knows jerez too well from a moto 2 perspective...not to mention the pressure of being a favorite now....thing will be different for marquez now...Dani will come to fight at jerez and if he does get away not even rossi will catch him. Rossi wont be able to fight for win if he keeps starting from 3rd row so jerez qualy will tell all. Im still picking rossi for win at jerez and i could definitely see calCRASHING OUT....have at that!!!

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dred0

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dred0 says:

Full respect

to Rossi for admitting that Cal was better than him on the day, and acknowledging Cal's superior speed. Outstanding..Cal considering the events leading up to the race and also lack of extra track time compared to the other guys. It was a pretty poor showing from Rossi, NOT so poor that he got beaten by a Ducati but not great considering both Crutchlow and Lorenzo. Rossi said he had a problem with his front disk causing vibration, which could partly explain his poor position.. But he was not fast enough plain and simple "People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

dred0 ...

... agreed, it was a very poor showing by Rossi and a very strong perfomance by Crutchlow. As you say, Rossi was never fast enough at any point over the weekend to trouble Crutchlow, and barely managed to stay ahead of his old, re-sprayed Desmo. Is Rossi finished? Probably, but it's great to see Cal's riding pose the question - rather than his mouth.

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crawsue

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crawsue says:

Far too early

to make the "Rossi's finished" shout....COTA was never going to be a podium...it was obviously a HRC track after the test. Lorenzo was looking for damage limitation .....and got it...Cal was looking for a scrap....and got it ! The Duke went better, probably a track issue as well....but one thing is for certain, if VR46 is not on the front two rows at Jerez, and DP doesn't beat MM....then Cal might just have a choice of factory kit next year. Just keep up that level of concentration, Cal.

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dred0

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dred0 says:

Rossi finished?

Not too sure about that.. He had a shocker thats for sure (but he has had these in the past), so far he is placed fourth in the championship 11 points behind the leaders.. so far from finished, BUT he will have to be Cal on a regular basis to prove he is not just making up the numbers.. As for Cal? If he beats Rossi a couple more times he will have one hand on the factory M1.. Good on you son!

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toadhancocks

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toadhancocks says:

makes you wonder where Cal would have finished had he not gone to inspect the apron and gravel trap!

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

If this becomes a regular thing Cal beating Rossi it will have Yamaha talking. Dred Rossi is contracted to Yamaha for two years so there is no way Cal will have the ride of him.

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ColonelClaw

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ColonelClaw says:

About that factory ride

Contracts being what they are, it doesn't matter if he wins every race between now and the end of the season, he aint getting a ride at Yamaha Factory Racing. However, there's nothing to stop Yamaha doing what Honda does, which is to give their preferred riders a full factory bike at another team.

 

Cal's main problem is the Espagaros. Next year it looks pretty inevitable that one or maybe both will get a Honda/Yamaha in MotoGP, which doesn't leave him with many options. Bradl has a 2-year contract, so his only hope is that Bautista gets fired or Tech3 keep him on. Pedrosa may get beaten by MM this year, but can you honestly see him on a CRT next year? All of this will only work if Pol Espagaro gets a CRT ride, which is not impossible.

 

I guess the other option for Cal is to take a gamble with a team building a bike around a Yamaha motor, or a factory Suzuki.

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Nostro..

Come talk to me about acceleration advantage when Bautista blows by Lorenzo down the back straight of anywhere.

What has that forked tongue got to say about Als drag strip pass on Rossi's Yamaha?

Is Iwata's #2 son running Crutchlow spec..or is Bautista just one of three with the skill to pick the bike up and stand it on the fat part?

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