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Matthew Birt  says:

Poncharal: Crutchlow sure to be tempted by Ducati move

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal might be desperate to keep Cal Crutchlow for 2014 but admits the British rider could be seriously tempted to switch to Ducati’s factory squad. Crutchlow has made it clear his ideal scenario for 2014 is to remain in Poncharal’s French-based Tech 3 squad, but on an improved financial and technical package. The former World Supersport...

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Mar 07

Posts: 276

If he does go to Ducati....

.... there maybe a clause in his contract about what he can and can't say. Loyalty goes a long way with that team and a persons loyalty is rewarded. Nicky, Casey and Vale didn't slate the bike hardly at all when in the saddle and funnily enough, not a great deal when the red leathers were hung up (considering it is near on impossible to ride??) so Cal may have his mouth taped up somewhat. He's got nothing to lose as I doubt he'll win a race on a satellite bike and potentially everything to gain, plus a pocket full of beer tokens!

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Sep 11

Posts: 2284

YamahaGYTR says:

The best Brit in the series will indeed be finished if he throws his leg on that Ducati rather he went on Suzuki.

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Dec 08

Posts: 1291

boybilly1967 says:

Poncharal is right of course. The lure of a big fat pay cheque with Ducati was more than enough last year for Cal to want to ditch the superior Yamaha. Money, money, money!

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May 09

Posts: 261

JustBe says:


Why go to Ducati? The Tech 3 bike is much better, all Cal needs to do is work on his overtaking and his starts.

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Dec 08

Posts: 1970

thestig08 says:

look folks

Cal wants and deserves a factory yamaha, it's as simple as that , now fIling that he will quite rightky gamble on a Ducati that has Audi behind it and of course it will be a winner again, failing that the man will satisfy and secure his financial security , and who could blame him, but for my money yamaha and Dorna will come good , the man is a top rider and a draw ,he will achieve more and should sense not prevail he will be a wealthy young and deserving man

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Oct 07

Posts: 1302

hugelean says:

Yam have two proven race winners with huge pedigrees on their factory bikes, can't see one being available for sometime.

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Aug 11

Posts: 466

ChupaChump says:

I don't think Cal is stupid...

...but he would have to be to go to Ducati as it has wrecked the careers of just about everyone who has gone there. Plus they fooked him off last year by stringing him along then signing the Clearasil sponsored rider from Italy. He is merely stringing THEM along this time and using their perceived interest as a bargaining chip in his negotiations with YAMAHA.................................................................................................................................................. He enjoys being Jorge's pseudo wing-man far too much to go anywhere else anyway. LOL

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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:

STAY OFF THE DUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are the laughing stock of the paddock Cal. Dovi is looking more and more pissed off as each race goes by.

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Oct 07

Posts: 1302

hugelean says:

Cal should cash in, he ain't gonna beat the top 4 regularly on any bike so he might as well get paid well for it. He;s barely holding on to Ross who had a nightmare season uptil assen but appears ot have got over it.. However I thought I heard somewhere he'd just bought a nice new house somewhere taxfree, so if he's already comfortable with his financial situation, and his ability on the yam I'd probably give it another season and then go to ducati.. No one else in the top 5 will want it so should be a shoe in. Have a sneaky feeling he will be on a satellite(factory) honda next year with Rossi and Marquez in the factory team... a proper jedi mindtrick .

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Apr 11

Posts: 3366

Bultoboy says:


We get it hugelean, you don't have to endlessly repeat you snide little digs that you don't think Cal is a regular podium contender.

As for not capable of regularly beating the top four, at this point in time, Cal is top four and in 7 races, has beaten on at least one occasion each of the 3 riders in front of him plus the one behind that you must have an autographed prayer mat for. They're all on factory bikes and he's not, so I think you should give a little more credit where it's due instead of constantly banging the 'he wouldn't beat Rossi if' mantra. Barely holding on to Rossi is also a pretty warped way of looking at it anyway when he isn't in a factory team, therefore shouldn't be holding on to him at all, let alone being ahead of him on points right now.

Seems to me like you want him on the Ducati just to make sure he doesn't get too close to Rossi. Imagine if he went there and found he could actually ride it to podiums..

Rossi on a Repsol next year. Too long in the sun today?

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