FACT VERSUS OPINION ...
OPINION? MotoGP rider selection is intrinsically & grossly unfair - solely governed by factors other than talent.
FACT: Well, that very much depends upon who is doing the hiring & with what objectives in mind. MotoGP is a nest of Vipers with byzantine "reasons & underlying or concealed motives" to the fore. Some play a long game, looking a year or two down the track. (no pun intended) Consider: - does a Factory's Satellite Team REALLY want to consistently beat their own Factory & providor of all good things - including the very reason for being? The accepted general idea & major motive is to assist & “develop” new-ish/promising & 2nd- tier riders into contenders for 1st team places. Yes?
OPINION? Cal Crutchlow is the bee's knees & really should be getting better bikes & a full factory contract, ad infinitum & blah blah blah ...
FACT: I stand by the stats evident in my last post (only 3 x Podiums in x 38 GP starts/races to date) & point-out that Cal arsed-off again in practice for Mugello. I am not without sympathy, being a long-time Hay Fever sufferer myself & can verify that sneezing & "tearing-up" & having streaming eyes inside a full face helmet is right up there on a par with chundering into it (ask Casey Stoner) - but at least in calling "Ruth" or "Europe" - it is possible to keep one's eyes open - it isn't when sneezing! Either is "dead dodgy" at very high velocities. Try it sometime ...
FACT: Someone really should bring Cal up to speed with "over-the-pharmacy-counter/Proprietary anti-histamine & hay-fever drugs" such as TELFAST. The active ingredient in here is FEXOFENADINE HYDROCHLORIDE - which is "non-drowsy" & seems NOT to be on the banned list of substances - whereas - so many of the "old generation" anti-histamine & cough, colds & 'Flu drugs etc are & contain taboo stuff such as pseudoephedrine. That an allegedly "top flight" GP rider doesn't seem to appreciate or know this is quite pathetic & definitely "unprofessional".
OPINION? I love "truth-tellers" breaking-free of a tightly controlled PR & hermetically-sealed, bullshit Corporate environment, personally - but I do wish Cal, would engage his brain at times B4 doing his best "loose lips sink ships" (and careers) impression.
FACT: He (Cal) had a "contract opportunity" and blew it. Exactly as someone else here said - when he thought he might jump ship to Ducati Corse. In that respect, like Flossi before him - Cal has painted himself into his own cramped corner that is wholly self-created.
OPINION? Someone else highlighted this too: - maybe Bradl & Bautista haven't hit their respective straps yet this season - but someone who definitely has on the allegedly "uncompetitive" Ducati Desmo - is Andrea Dovizioso. How very slutted-off & panicky Flossi must have felt to see the machine he couldn't ride to the shops on, disappearing over the horizon in front @ Le Mans - while the "other" one - ridden by his old, plodding #2 @ Ducati, Nicky Hayden was right up his date & pressuring from behind. And all this on the allegedly best bike on the grid & one of Flossi's "strongest" tracks. Is it any wonder that our Flossi did a Cal - and - arsed off?
FACT: The above is only an "opinion"