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Matthew Birt  says:

Cal Crutchlow threatens to quit Tech 3 over Espargaro deal

Cal Crutchlow’s frustration with Yamaha’s long-running pursuit of Spanish Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro could see him quit the satellite Monster-backed Tech 3 squad at the end of 2013. The British rider is adamant that his number one option for 2014 is to remain in the French-based Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad but on a contract direct with Yamaha in Japan. That is...

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Oct 08

Posts: 653

hello4646 says:


threaten to leave.  Thats is exaclty what you did a year ago when you thought Ducati wanted you.  Then when it was clear to all that Dovi was going to get the nod, you back tracked and told Tech3 how much you loved them!

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Sep 10

Posts: 837

CBR11X says:

Mugello FP2 Results

1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 341.6 1'48.375
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 339.4 1'48.409 0.034 / 0.034
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 337.8 1'48.672 0.297 / 0.263
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 338.4 1'49.377 1.002 / 0.705
5 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 340.0 1'49.383 1.008 / 0.006
6 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 340.6 1'49.467 1.092 / 0.084
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 338.8 1'49.543 1.168 / 0.076
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.9 1'49.595 1.220 / 0.052
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 322.4 1'49.599 1.224 / 0.004
10 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 340.1 1'49.649 1.274 / 0.050
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 338.8 1'49.733 1.358 / 0.084
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 326.3 1'49.769 1.394 / 0.036
13 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.2 1'50.103 1.728 / 0.334
14 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 342.0 1'50.210 1.835 / 0.107
15 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 320.6 1'50.400 2.025 / 0.190
16 11 Ben SPIES USA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 340.9 1'51.105 2.730 / 0.705
17 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 323.5 1'51.433 3.058 / 0.328
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 325.8 1'51.528 3.153 / 0.095
19 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 322.9 1'51.644 3.269 / 0.116
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 322.0 1'51.937 3.562 / 0.293
21 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 320.9 1'52.182 3.807 / 0.245
22 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 326.3 1'53.314 4.939 / 1.132
23 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 321.8 1'53.480 5.105 / 0.166
24 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 324.4 1'54.231 5.856 / 0.751
25 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 312.0 1'54.829 6.454 / 0.598

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Sheene Fan7


Mar 03

Posts: 253

Sheene Fan7 says:

why yamaha want Espargaro so bad is beyond me, he is no marquez as this year has so far shown.

but they seen to think they need to find there own marquez

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Aug 10

Posts: 581

shawno76 says:

burgers and fries

Hmmmm, Taking Nickys ride wont be as easy as y'all think. Over here no bugger knows what MotoGp is. I find myself using Vales, Nickys, Ben and colins name (in that order) when met with blank looks from 'sports fans'. Honestly, the US still need all the help they can get. Judginh by Nickys FP2 effort and Le mans he's still able to keep at the errr semi sharp end. I did laugh when I ssaw a picture of guy martin in the GP Ducati store in San Diego though (doing his favourite PR bit for dainese) Anyway, that's not important right now, do you not think Cal is taking an uncalculated risk? He gets a LOT of press coverage and is invited to a fair few press interviews before each round....why? I watched the pre race interviews for mugello on the video pass last night (dont get me started on the US coverage of MotoGP because there isnt!). Cal had the crowd laughing with his joke about herves dog. The other riders sat there like frickin lemons. If its about PR (good or bad) then what Cal is doing is working. Incidentally the coverage on the videopass is far far better than the BBC. You see all FP, post race interviews and the bloody podiums. For 80 quid a year its a no brainer. Highly polished web site HD coverage. And no am not a fan of Dorns and the bsckhanded Spanish tapas deals so this is a oure Brit u biased opinion on a package doing what it should do. get behind Cal and his massive gob. Bettrr to be in the limelight than sticking your fat splintered thumb firmly in your asshole like some other riders (see number 3 on my US list above). Quite contrary to number 4. Who rates cal as a mate and a top rider... what does he know? A lot mote than us. That is certain. go on Cal, steamroll those interviews and keep the green monster pinned like a madman. Doing dovi on his own turf on a satellite bike would be a rather nice feather... that you can tickle him with afterwards. BOOM!!

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Feb 09

Posts: 846

chrisg011 says:


Cal does have a gob on him doesnt he...

The media over here like him, he is a hard rider, fast on his day and outspoken - akin to Edwards albeit without the WSBK titles.

Dovi made Cal look a mug last year on the same bike BUT, the Spottyone does have a lot more experience on prototype bikes, in the MotoGP class and on these tracks. So far this year Cal is showing real promise. he is fats in all sessions and easily the best of the rest and running equal to the tamed dog Rossi.

His problem is that he risks pissing off the Factory with his petulance.
It didnt work for Rossi, or Biaggi, it wont work for Cal. He needs to keep his head and keep his pace so that as the season progresses he is THE wanted rider for a Suzuki or Ducati ride.

Smith on the other hand, surely the kids going to be demoted. he is a slow starter and mid pack runner. next year with the (non)spec Yamahas and Hondas available he would still be back of the pack. Pol and Scott have more fire that Smith and surely pull more sponsorship....


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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:

Crutchlow needs to put up and shut up. He's doing himself no favours opening his big mouth.

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Aug 02

Posts: 602

winger says:

The whole thing stinks,Cal has bust his ass and what has he got for it??? Jarvis trying to pull the rug from underneath him with Espargaro,Jarvis caused all the trouble with Spies and here he is again.


WTF would anyone want to offer a factory contract and a bike in Tech3 other than to Cal,TOO!!! a Moto 2 rider who's proved nothing!!!,oh the joys of Moto GP's politics,it'll be interesting to see what the likes of BT have got to say having shelled 12 million for the rights to see their Brit rider 'Had Over' by Jarvis and the Spanish mafia.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5451

Nostrodamus says:

Cal may not have played it too well 2012

But these are fair sentiments. Whilst his arse keeps (as it just is) honouring the cheques his gob is writing then he'll be spoilt for choice.

Yamaha and Herve have their Smith dilemma (a non MSMA Yamaha engined machine might be a sneaky contract keeper for Tech Trois 2014 here), but Cal rightfully wants more than the continuation of the status quo. There's the possibility the nr.2 facotry seat could be available 2014 if the lacklustre performance of the world nr.6 continues. Suzuki with two years out of the game would be career suicide. Realistically the red corner is looking the most likely outcome if his form continues. Corse's patience with Hayden must be very near to breaking point.

Somebody down below said Cal was scaring off sponsors. Nope, from what I've read Cal has a very good relationship with Monster. He's the edgy sort of character the canned sugar & caffeine pedlars love.

I for one hope he continues to play it fast and loose. He'll have too if he signs for Corse.

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May 09

Posts: 270

JustBe says:


I agree with Cal though, if you're not going to be on a bike that can win, then what is the point? Cal should get a factory ride or go do something else because what is the point in just lapping round, you do yourself no favours, go and impress everyone in SBK or whatever.

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May 13

Posts: 153

WillRTW says:

I was never a great fan of Cal, but I have to say he is seriously growing on me now... he is getting better and better as a rider, slightly funnier in front of the camera (marginally admittedly) and speaks his mind... which whilst he is out performing most others in the paddock, he can afford to... and is such a pleasant change from the rest of them

He deserves a break, not his leg again, but I think an RCV would suit him very well, and Bradl or Bautista on current form don't deserve theirs.

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