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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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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

Aquarius

"Senior GP is akin to being a top-level Footballer – you are only as good as your last game. Anything that went before is mere history". So he is second best in the world right now so give him the ride he deserves. Speak up Cal get noticed, every time you open your big gob we see Monsters logo. Clever boy. Who are we all talking about? Monster energy's No.1 rider. If he moves he might just take their cash with him, and that gentlemen is far more scary to Yamaha.

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Richard1967

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Richard1967 says:

Simondick76

I really dont see what you'd like Cal to do ? you want him to shut up and just accept his p45 in good spirits at the end of this year, he knows hes pretty much fucked , what would you do? buy an aprilia and wobble about? everyone goes on and on about him mouthing off , you think he rang mcn to say what he has said , or have mcn edited together all these sound bites ? What do you call "special" anyway? I think a special rider could win on Cals bike , but I dont think we have any "special" riders now Stoners left . Cocky ? youre talking about world championship riders here , Ive met very many top class riders , none of them would be called shrinking violets apart from Niall MacKenzie and Mick Doohan among that  late 80s crop .

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DoubtingThomas

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Huh?

I dont think we have any "special" riders now Stoners left

You sure you're watching the right series now? The two guys that beat Stoner last year are pretty special. The new guy that won second time out is pretty special.

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

Mick Doohan

A shrinking violet? hard drinking yes, starts fights in strip clubs with bouncers yes, shrinking violet hell no.

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jhandley

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jhandley says:

Is this not as simple as: Pol is Spanish, Cal is not.  Spaniards bring money with them as well!  That, coupled with the crap BT TV rights for the UK next year, how many Brits will even be watching to cheer on a Brit?  MotoGP has been spanish led for years now so why are we surprised that a Brit gets a lower priority than a more lurative Spaniard? (no offence against Pol who is undoubtedly a cracking rider).  But what would Cal have to do to be taken into the factory fold - consistently beat Lorenzo probably. This is not about riders it is about politics and money as it has been for years now. Or am I being just TOO synical? 

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CBR11X

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Mugello FP1 Results

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.5 1'54.797
2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 330.8 1'55.195 0.398 / 0.398
3 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 327.9 1'55.288 0.491 / 0.093
4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 312.5 1'55.874 1.077 / 0.586
5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 315.6 1'55.907 1.110 / 0.033
6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.7 1'55.981 1.184 / 0.074
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 334.8 1'55.991 1.194 / 0.010
8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 328.1 1'56.534 1.737 / 0.543
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 323.2 1'56.984 2.187 / 0.450
10 11 Ben SPIES USA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 330.3 1'57.045 2.248 / 0.061
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 327.1 1'57.910 3.113 / 0.865
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 321.3 1'58.076 3.279 / 0.166
13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 328.5 1'58.478 3.681 / 0.402
14 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 329.9 2'00.174 5.377 / 1.696
15 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 336.4 2'00.457 5.660 / 0.283
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 309.9 2'00.801 6.004 / 0.344
17 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 304.7 2'01.082 6.285 / 0.281
18 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 311.0 2'01.108 6.311 / 0.026
19 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 326.4 2'01.455 6.658 / 0.347
20 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 309.0 2'02.673 7.876 / 1.218
52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 300.8 2'04.160 9.363 / 1.487
67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 295.7 2'04.511 9.714 / 0.351
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 307.3 2'05.741 10.944 / 1.230
70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 302.4 2'05.759 10.962 / 0.018
71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 311.7 2'06.323 11.526 / 0.564

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racingfan99

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Cal keeps reaching new depths in his ability to shot himself in the foot.
He attracts very little sponsorship money; mainly because of his repeatedly idiotic tendency to engage mouth long before brain.
He’s alienating himself from a great Motogp team with a decent bike. Some teams simply will not entertain him because of his attitude, in this day and age the riders benefit if they are corporate/media savvy. Sad but true, the racing results are now only part of it.
His decision last season to use Tech 3 for only one year was his own choice – no one else’s, that’s why the Pol option is now available. Ducati could swap him for Hayden (Dovi would regularly beat him) and Suzuki could take a chance on him, he is not a proven development rider, but would probably be preferred to De Puniet – for staying upright at least. A new bike needs data and you can’t get that when it’s laid in the gravel.
Brad is under performing but has a contract for next year. So Cal is a Brit taking up a space on the grid from a region where the sport is very much a minority in this country and the British viewing numbers next season will drop to an all time low when it leaves terrestrial TV. Dorna no doubt will continue their aim of getting more Spanish riders as they seem to attract more money, instead of addressing the issue of making the class a more interesting and thrilling spectacular.
 

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Richard1967

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Richard1967 says:

Some teams?

You mean the teams who have fully contracted riders for the next season? I doubt thats to do with his gob to be honest ,and when i met Doohan he was very quiet and a nice chap , i wasnt in a strip joint i was in the paddock at donnington

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

Richard

Time to broaden your horizons

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Bob Buttamasangy

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Again, it shouldn't be about how much you can bring to a team with you if you've already pushed a satellite bike up the clacker of the best factory machinery on the grid.

And it definitely shouldn't be about buying a ride from under future talent. But as long as there are riders who believe they are as popular/special/perennial as their fans have them believe, nothing will change.

I hope the gutsy pom doesn't back down.

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