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Matthew Birt  says:

Cal Crutchlow nearing future decision

Cal Crutchlow is nearing making a final decision on his 2014 MotoGP plans, with the British rider’s future dominating paddock gossip once again in Laguna Seca.The 27-year-old is likely to make a decision on his plans during the three-week summer break that he will spend in California and an announcement could be made during the forthcoming Indianapolis round in mid-August.Crutchlow’s...

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bluehaze60

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bluehaze60 says:

Stay at Yamaha for another year is still a good move. Suzuki are back in 2015 & all 4 seats at Yamaha & Honda are up for grabs. Go to Ducati & your career is finished

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noddy61

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noddy61 says:

Cal can stretch the silly season out a few more races

I've always thought Dani was a reluctant motogp rider pushed by Puig,will there be a spare Repsol at seasons end if Marquez beats him.Pols arrival at Yammy will ease Rossis life a little, Rossi may think he can run the Yammy behind Yorgi and wont have to bother about Cal sticking it the tech3 into second spot,but if Cal beats him in the championship then Rossi has to ask himself why all the risk for nothing,he 's got the money,he's got the 7 championships and he hasn't a cat in hells chance of taking Agos most win record.

Cal's got the cards,all he has to do is keep the results coming and let the manufactures do the worrying

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ChupaChump

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ChupaChump says:

300k salary or 2 million?

What would you do? No-brainer IMO. Cal might win the odd race (one day) but I don't think he is multiple WC material so he should take the big paycheck before it is too late. The rumours that Bradl is going to Ducati means Cal might get a decent bike but he'll still receive satellite wages.

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

Cal races to win

He's said so in the Motomatters interview. He wants to test himself against the best and try and beat them. It's what some people are driven to do. For others, just the enjoyment of competing is enough, but at Motogp level you aren't afforded that luxury and results count.

If he goes to Ducati and doesn't win a race, he may pick up a fat ceque, but where does that leave him? An empty feeling of not having been able to test himself against the best on equal machinery to see whether he can do it.

Do multiple championships matter? Subjective. But when you rip off that start line there is only one thought in your head and that's to thrash the crap out of everyone else. I can't see how he is going to mentally tune himself to sitting on the grid knowing he has gone from a bike that can do that to one that most likely can't. Big gamble.

If Monster value him that much, why is it not possible to field a factory spec Tech3 bike financed by them. I still can't believe Yamaha don't have the resources to run one. They've already said that Cal's bike is virtually factory so what is the resource issue in giving it the final upgrades? Can't or won't? Monster must be awash with money the amount of sponsorship they field. Financially they could surely provide what's missing.

Unless the LCR deal comes off, Tech3 has to be his best bet but whichever, it's difficult to see a place for Cal in either the official Honda or Yamaha teams. As someone has already said - unfortunate timing. But a full factory Tech3 bike would be just as good.

If Smith's contract is watertight and Yamaha have signed Espargaro, put Espargaro on a Tech3 CRT bike for a year - Monster money could again finance that and run three bikes next year with Espargaro bringing his own crew to service him. No idea how the logistics would work, maybe they couldn't. Then sort it out in 2015 when Suzuki and maybe more will be on the grid.

Dorna are apparently not happy about the number of Spaniards in Motogp and they are keen to see some non-Spanish riders on decent bikes

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

And he's just topped FP1 too

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73mach3

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73mach3 says:

fp1

cal 1st

rossi 2nd

mm 3rd

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73mach3

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73mach3 says:

results

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:22.757
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:22.848
3 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:22.980
4 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 1:23.033
5 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1:23.255
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 1:23.380
7 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:23.905
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati 1:23.927
9 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:24.287
10 Randy De Puniet Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:24.363
11 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:24.441
12 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens FTR 1:24.467
13 Alex De Angelies Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 1:25.133
14 Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1:25.309
15 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing ART 1:25.394

 

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noddy61

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noddy61 says:

wheres Dani at ?

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thestig08

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thestig08 says:

CockhandBenny

Trying to redeem yourself now with the old voice of reason approach ,classic behaviour of your condition ,It will all go pop a little fizz and then go flat and go down the drain ,Have you made a decision about your future Benny ? Cal will have a few choices right now and rightly so he deserves his chance to both win and earn his future security,and so do you Ben ,Choices that are few and the losers right that you deserve social security,You have so similar a situation to Cal who would of thought that eh Benny ,I for one hope he has another great race and strengthens his case and bargaining power,Its a tough race but he has the bottle for the place i am looking forward to it, Jorge will not be short of fizz or bottle either

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

Oh dear

Has Yamaha gave cal the fastest bike,no he just wants it more,bike working well and good to see Rossi right there.get that start sorted dude it's one thing u need to win this race!!!!

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