I've exceeded expectations - Crutchlow
08/11/2020 | sport | other | 91
Britain's Cal Crutchlow is "at peace" with the possibility of leaving MotoGP at the end of the season after 10 years on the grid.
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08/11/2020 06:16:06 15 1
bbc
Great career...
3
08/11/2020 07:35:40 8 8
bbc
Agreed although it’s still hard to believe CC is probably the best rider GB has produced since BS. Far too many crashes and serious injuries will probably be most fans’ recollection.
2
08/11/2020 07:26:57 17 1
bbc
Had a great career and winning amongst the competitors he had is great.
As a Brit it was lovely to have someone from our islands to cheer.
Needs to stop now, too many injuries and his arm looks bloody painful!
5
08/11/2020 07:47:44 9 2
bbc
Spot on. Although I’d love to see him on a Honda in BSB next year before he calls it a day.
1
08/11/2020 06:16:06 15 1
bbc
Great career...
3
08/11/2020 07:35:40 8 8
bbc
Agreed although it’s still hard to believe CC is probably the best rider GB has produced since BS. Far too many crashes and serious injuries will probably be most fans’ recollection.
26
08/11/2020 10:01:11 2 0
bbc
Possibly a lot less crashes if he wasn't having to force the bike past better machinery.
29
08/11/2020 10:11:30 5 2
bbc
no most fans recollection will be him pushing his bikes to the limit which is why he was able to make poor bikes competitive.you clearly forget the time at tech 3 on a year old bike mixing it with the best every race.
hes never had a bike to push for titles yet over performed for a decade.if you watch moto gp you would know he was as good as anybody on that grid for a good 5/6 years
4
08/11/2020 07:37:46 12 1
bbc
Top man and a great career where so many Brits have struggled to make an impact. He has nothing more to prove.
2
08/11/2020 07:26:57 17 1
bbc
Had a great career and winning amongst the competitors he had is great.
As a Brit it was lovely to have someone from our islands to cheer.
Needs to stop now, too many injuries and his arm looks bloody painful!
5
08/11/2020 07:47:44 9 2
bbc
Spot on. Although I’d love to see him on a Honda in BSB next year before he calls it a day.
6
ERT
08/11/2020 07:50:16 15 1
bbc
Motorcycle racers are a different breed. Cal’s been a refreshing change in MotoGP with his blunt honesty. Three wins is a fantastic achievement. Maybe it’s time to relax and enjoy time with the young family.
7
08/11/2020 07:50:17 6 2
bbc
Hop Cal comes to BSB next year, would love to see him racing round some of our great tracks.
8
08/11/2020 07:53:28 7 2
bbc
Any chance you might spell his name correctly?
C'mon BBC, people look to you as a benchmark for reasonable standards in this and other departments.
And another typo re Eddie's rugby union comments headline.. Removed
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08/11/2020 07:54:54 16 2
bbc
Sense of humour will be missed I am sure.Best of luck .Good lad.
10
08/11/2020 08:02:33 24 2
bbc
proud man , honest to the core,good luck to what ever you do..
11
08/11/2020 08:04:36 60 0
bbc
Good grief, the BBC actually did it’s one a year token article on one of ours in motorcycle racing.
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08/11/2020 15:06:31 3 0
bbc
He doesn't create enough fuss or buzz on social media for them to bother with him. Hats off to you Cal, class act.
88
09/11/2020 13:02:48 0 0
bbc
You never know, at this rate they might actually acknowledge the MotoGP results more than once every 3 months.

But I doubt it.
12
08/11/2020 08:13:07 13 4
bbc
Sadly I think his time has come. AM has shown Cal the way home the past few rounds vindicating Honda's decision to shoehorn him into LCR.
Cal and MotoGP are a great antidote to the purile and sterile BBC world of F1 football @ BLM.
Fingers crossed for the other Brits today also SLow & McFast.
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08/11/2020 10:21:06 2 1
bbc
wouls that be the same am who has had the benefit of the factory honda engineers and not to mention about 4 times as many people in working on am bike compared to cc.
can counter that point with how shocking am was up until the last few rounds whilst cals been seriously injured.finishing about the same positions
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08/11/2020 10:56:38 2 2
bbc
Purile and sterile you write. I'm about to write out a cheque for £157 to enable poor Lineker to "get by" when he helps himself to another increase from the guaranteed revenue stream.. poor lad.

That after an all too brief two year break form paying their over rewarded staff for more years than I care to remember.

Value for money .. No chance .. BBC with added less than covert brainwashing.????
13
08/11/2020 08:28:48 44 1
bbc
Can't be much sports news today. Do the BBC even know what MotoGP is. They only seem to know about Football, Tennis and Athletics.
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08/11/2020 08:40:46 11 1
bbc
Take some time out Cal and spend it with your family,loved ones. Let yourself heal Then make a choice on future racing
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08/11/2020 08:42:22 8 2
bbc
He's been a good 'un, but I'm not convinced he's been our best rider since Barry Sheene, he has definitely rode the best machinery of any British rider since BS but I think there are others that may have done well given the same chance, unfortunately British riders don't seem to get many good rides in Motogp.
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08/11/2020 09:35:56 6 2
bbc
Would be interested to hear who you’re thinking of? Only 2 other riders spring to mind, Carl Fogarty and Jonny Rea. I’d put CC first, CF second and JR third. CF gets my vote over JR simply because WSBK was absolutely massive in his era and full of competitive riders and bikes.
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08/11/2020 10:49:09 2 0
bbc
So very true about lack of opportunities for British Riders in the modern era of Grand Prix Motor Cycle Racing. There are valid reasons for that of course.

Been watching two-wheeled Motor Sport since the days of Surtees and Hailwood. There were other British greats back in those now faraway days but, BBC coverage then as now has been very poor or totally lacking.

Only oiks ride bikes .. so ...
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09/11/2020 13:04:05 0 0
bbc
To get chances, you need to show something more. Look at who has come and gone in MGP or 500s. Hodgson and Toseland to name but two in MGP. Haslam, Rob Mac and McKenzie all had works bikes in 500s. The chances have been there but look at the grids back then. Schwantz, Rainey, Lawson, Gardner, Doohan etc. How on earth do you beat that lot?
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08/11/2020 07:53:28 7 2
bbc
Any chance you might spell his name correctly?
C'mon BBC, people look to you as a benchmark for reasonable standards in this and other departments.
16
bbc
And another typo re Eddie's rugby union comments headline.. Removed
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08/11/2020 08:54:29 24 2
bbc
Taken all this time for bbc to give you the credit you deserve Cal ....... thanx for doing your thing for us in MotoGP ....see in BSB ???
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08/11/2020 09:07:37 21 2
bbc
Hes clearly been our best rider since Barry Sheene who remains adored by my generation. Cal was brave hard and hard working. Add that to drive focus and talent and you deserve the success he has had. Perhaps hes not charming enough for some and hes too abrasive and arrogant like Carl Foggety but we should forgive him that. Rest up Cal and thanks for the memories.
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08/11/2020 09:16:04 32 1
bbc
BBC NI. Gives reasonable coverage of motorsport. For the rest of us it's a desert. Almost no coverage of Jon Rea's 6th world championship, nothing on BSB. Too much on tennis, (who plays tennis?). Athletics, another minority sport, endless football and boring cricket. In fact there's no motorsport programmes on the BBC at all now.
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08/11/2020 09:26:41 37 3
bbc
Unless there's a female involved, forget it on the bbc
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08/11/2020 13:14:25 1 0
bbc
I couldn't agree more! There used to be F1, F3, Rallycross, Motorcycle trials, scrambling etc etc.
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08/11/2020 14:19:13 1 0
bbc
Agree with you except what cricket is on the BBC apart from the radio? I’m happy to watch or listen to cricket and 2 wheel racing MotoGP/WSB/BSB/TT/NW200 all day long !
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08/11/2020 09:25:57 5 19
bbc
Crutchlow's too arrogant and could've been in a much better place than he ended up but he trashed Yamaha and tech 3 I have no doubt had he not rush to get a so-called factory ride then he would've had that Petronas ride and look at where they are now.
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08/11/2020 10:04:51 11 0
bbc
so sit on a non factory bike for 7 years and guess that yamaha might finally give the satalite team factory bikes is what you think cal should have done?he didnt trash tech 3 at all which is why the tech 3 owner was the 1st guy to congratulate cal on his 1st win in moto gp.he moved on and won 3 races which is the same number of wins as the satalite yam have managed as a team in that time
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08/11/2020 09:16:04 32 1
bbc
BBC NI. Gives reasonable coverage of motorsport. For the rest of us it's a desert. Almost no coverage of Jon Rea's 6th world championship, nothing on BSB. Too much on tennis, (who plays tennis?). Athletics, another minority sport, endless football and boring cricket. In fact there's no motorsport programmes on the BBC at all now.
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08/11/2020 09:26:41 37 3
bbc
Unless there's a female involved, forget it on the bbc
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08/11/2020 10:43:27 8 4
bbc
With added colour for double enhanced interest content in their narrow view of and for the few, but, not the many who now stay away in droves.

BBC continue to bombard us with this stuff. Praise be there are other Broadcasting organs with less severe brainwashing programme output.

I dip into the paucity of BBC HYS opportunities in the hope things will change and improve.

No signs of that at all.
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08/11/2020 09:32:52 17 0
bbc
He’s been a goer over these 10 years and there’s still some left in the tank but as Vale’s proving, MotoGP really is a young man’s game. As someone has already commented, BBCNI motorcycle racing coverage is very good but for the rest of the network, it’s dreadful.
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08/11/2020 08:42:22 8 2
bbc
He's been a good 'un, but I'm not convinced he's been our best rider since Barry Sheene, he has definitely rode the best machinery of any British rider since BS but I think there are others that may have done well given the same chance, unfortunately British riders don't seem to get many good rides in Motogp.
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08/11/2020 09:35:56 6 2
bbc
Would be interested to hear who you’re thinking of? Only 2 other riders spring to mind, Carl Fogarty and Jonny Rea. I’d put CC first, CF second and JR third. CF gets my vote over JR simply because WSBK was absolutely massive in his era and full of competitive riders and bikes.
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08/11/2020 11:05:43 2 1
bbc
My honest opinion, I'd reverse that Brit trio fully a 180 reynoldo. CF an exceptional talent on a level with Surtees and Hailwood.

Surtees was instrumental in getting the Italian Red Machines ( Not just the MV-Agustas but the four wheeled prancing horse devices ) only to be given the "treatment" Vettel v. Ferrari Style. Ferrari have form, much form for that sort of thing.... to this very day.
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09/11/2020 12:59:18 0 0
bbc
Fogarty had chances but it just wasn't to be. Unfortunately crowing about how much better he'd be than what America and Australia could produce came to nothing when he was picking a works NSR out of the Donington gravel.
We've had numerous riders in 500s and Moto GP over the years. Unfortunately part of the issue is our reliance on road bikes as a basis for a championship so they've never excelled
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08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
you absolute moron.go back to watching the borefest of f1 and leave the real racing to the real fans Removed
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08/11/2020 10:17:03 6 1
bbc
no hes done nothing at all has he except be regarded world wide as 1 of the fatest bravest and toughest guys in the modern era of motogp whilst always being on 2nd rate machinery
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Mr
08/11/2020 10:38:16 4 1
bbc
So what you done fella?

Jump back in the saddle 4 weeks after a leg break, cos your a man? I doubt it or you would not get fulfilment from criticising a real MAN!
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08/11/2020 11:28:37 2 0
bbc
Stick the Guinness, troll.
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08/11/2020 12:31:24 1 0
bbc
What a truly silly comment!
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08/11/2020 12:34:32 0 0
bbc
Cal has always played second fiddle to you in racing in this championship
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08/11/2020 12:34:54 2 1
bbc
What an ignorant comment
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08/11/2020 12:44:27 1 1
bbc
So easy to criticise from an armchair! Cal does not deserve your negativity.
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08/11/2020 22:13:44 0 0
bbc
You are absolutely right, I have seen it all , they even claim apparently that Honda favour Marquez , the only reason why Cal didn't do better
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08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
you absolute moron.go back to watching the borefest of f1 and leave the real racing to the real fans Removed
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08/11/2020 07:35:40 8 8
bbc
Agreed although it’s still hard to believe CC is probably the best rider GB has produced since BS. Far too many crashes and serious injuries will probably be most fans’ recollection.
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08/11/2020 10:01:11 2 0
bbc
Possibly a lot less crashes if he wasn't having to force the bike past better machinery.
20
08/11/2020 09:25:57 5 19
bbc
Crutchlow's too arrogant and could've been in a much better place than he ended up but he trashed Yamaha and tech 3 I have no doubt had he not rush to get a so-called factory ride then he would've had that Petronas ride and look at where they are now.
27
08/11/2020 10:04:51 11 0
bbc
so sit on a non factory bike for 7 years and guess that yamaha might finally give the satalite team factory bikes is what you think cal should have done?he didnt trash tech 3 at all which is why the tech 3 owner was the 1st guy to congratulate cal on his 1st win in moto gp.he moved on and won 3 races which is the same number of wins as the satalite yam have managed as a team in that time
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08/11/2020 10:08:00 7 0
bbc
A god rider in an era of true greats. Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez remain the untouchables and Rossi the ultimate warrior at 40 odd years of age.
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08/11/2020 11:35:40 2 2
bbc
Some would say Rossi has been lucky to avoid serious injury I say he does not take risks its that simple. Marquez has a win at all cost way.
3
08/11/2020 07:35:40 8 8
bbc
Agreed although it’s still hard to believe CC is probably the best rider GB has produced since BS. Far too many crashes and serious injuries will probably be most fans’ recollection.
29
08/11/2020 10:11:30 5 2
bbc
no most fans recollection will be him pushing his bikes to the limit which is why he was able to make poor bikes competitive.you clearly forget the time at tech 3 on a year old bike mixing it with the best every race.
hes never had a bike to push for titles yet over performed for a decade.if you watch moto gp you would know he was as good as anybody on that grid for a good 5/6 years
40
08/11/2020 10:59:35 1 1
bbc
Hmm ... not sure about that. He’s had a pretty good career, but too many crashes and injuries have deprived him of a better career. Still our best rider since BS though.
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08/11/2020 10:12:34 9 0
bbc
Excellent! To win anything at World level is a fantastic effort.
Wish him all the best in whatever he decides to do.
24
08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
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08/11/2020 10:17:03 6 1
bbc
no hes done nothing at all has he except be regarded world wide as 1 of the fatest bravest and toughest guys in the modern era of motogp whilst always being on 2nd rate machinery
12
08/11/2020 08:13:07 13 4
bbc
Sadly I think his time has come. AM has shown Cal the way home the past few rounds vindicating Honda's decision to shoehorn him into LCR.
Cal and MotoGP are a great antidote to the purile and sterile BBC world of F1 football @ BLM.
Fingers crossed for the other Brits today also SLow & McFast.
32
08/11/2020 10:21:06 2 1
bbc
wouls that be the same am who has had the benefit of the factory honda engineers and not to mention about 4 times as many people in working on am bike compared to cc.
can counter that point with how shocking am was up until the last few rounds whilst cals been seriously injured.finishing about the same positions
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Mr
08/11/2020 10:35:19 3 0
bbc
Well done Cal. Got to say it mate, your days scrambling to the current day, injuries all add up and may make your 50's and onwards unbareable. Poor Al from back in the day can barely walk now :(
If you had been 8 or 9 stone ringing wet, you would have won loads of races with your tallent.

Moto GP teams are after Jockeys that can ride as if you take 20kg off the rider, it's easier to go faster!
24
08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
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Mr
08/11/2020 10:38:16 4 1
bbc
So what you done fella?

Jump back in the saddle 4 weeks after a leg break, cos your a man? I doubt it or you would not get fulfilment from criticising a real MAN!
21
08/11/2020 09:26:41 37 3
bbc
Unless there's a female involved, forget it on the bbc
35
08/11/2020 10:43:27 8 4
bbc
With added colour for double enhanced interest content in their narrow view of and for the few, but, not the many who now stay away in droves.

BBC continue to bombard us with this stuff. Praise be there are other Broadcasting organs with less severe brainwashing programme output.

I dip into the paucity of BBC HYS opportunities in the hope things will change and improve.

No signs of that at all.
39
08/11/2020 10:57:40 0 9
bbc
I presume you don’t watch any sports where there is a BAME person involved if that is your attitude?
15
08/11/2020 08:42:22 8 2
bbc
He's been a good 'un, but I'm not convinced he's been our best rider since Barry Sheene, he has definitely rode the best machinery of any British rider since BS but I think there are others that may have done well given the same chance, unfortunately British riders don't seem to get many good rides in Motogp.
36
08/11/2020 10:49:09 2 0
bbc
So very true about lack of opportunities for British Riders in the modern era of Grand Prix Motor Cycle Racing. There are valid reasons for that of course.

Been watching two-wheeled Motor Sport since the days of Surtees and Hailwood. There were other British greats back in those now faraway days but, BBC coverage then as now has been very poor or totally lacking.

Only oiks ride bikes .. so ...
37
08/11/2020 10:51:03 7 0
bbc
Top man in a very demanding sport, to me never given enough recognition or praise as our top rider for many years. Likewise love to see him in BSB . best wishes for the future whatever he decides to do..
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08/11/2020 11:49:25 2 0
bbc
Absolutely agree with all of that. It would be great to see him in BSB, Josh Brookes has shown this year speed + experience are a potent combo.
12
08/11/2020 08:13:07 13 4
bbc
Sadly I think his time has come. AM has shown Cal the way home the past few rounds vindicating Honda's decision to shoehorn him into LCR.
Cal and MotoGP are a great antidote to the purile and sterile BBC world of F1 football @ BLM.
Fingers crossed for the other Brits today also SLow & McFast.
38
08/11/2020 10:56:38 2 2
bbc
Purile and sterile you write. I'm about to write out a cheque for £157 to enable poor Lineker to "get by" when he helps himself to another increase from the guaranteed revenue stream.. poor lad.

That after an all too brief two year break form paying their over rewarded staff for more years than I care to remember.

Value for money .. No chance .. BBC with added less than covert brainwashing.????
45
08/11/2020 11:23:01 0 0
bbc
Who writes cheques ??
35
08/11/2020 10:43:27 8 4
bbc
With added colour for double enhanced interest content in their narrow view of and for the few, but, not the many who now stay away in droves.

BBC continue to bombard us with this stuff. Praise be there are other Broadcasting organs with less severe brainwashing programme output.

I dip into the paucity of BBC HYS opportunities in the hope things will change and improve.

No signs of that at all.
39
08/11/2020 10:57:40 0 9
bbc
I presume you don’t watch any sports where there is a BAME person involved if that is your attitude?
44
08/11/2020 11:16:33 2 3
bbc
Wrong on the presumption front. I got 3-1 AGAINST Hamilton last GP "in running". Get in!

Look up and glean a wider understanding of "brainwashing". Use your own judgement not those of others. Some folks speaketh with forked tongue...

BEWARE PROFESSIONALS.

BBC has now evolved to demonstrate you can have far too much of a "good thing".

Cue "Nation shall speak Brainwashing unto Nation".
29
08/11/2020 10:11:30 5 2
bbc
no most fans recollection will be him pushing his bikes to the limit which is why he was able to make poor bikes competitive.you clearly forget the time at tech 3 on a year old bike mixing it with the best every race.
hes never had a bike to push for titles yet over performed for a decade.if you watch moto gp you would know he was as good as anybody on that grid for a good 5/6 years
40
08/11/2020 10:59:35 1 1
bbc
Hmm ... not sure about that. He’s had a pretty good career, but too many crashes and injuries have deprived him of a better career. Still our best rider since BS though.
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Gav
08/11/2020 12:50:02 1 2
bbc
Maybe best MotoGP rider, but best rider since BS? What about Foggy?
41
08/11/2020 11:02:51 12 1
bbc
One hell of a tough guy. He gets criticised for crashing but that's because he always pushes the bike to it's limits and the Honda has been a nightmare for all except Marquez. So to get three wins,a number of podiums and often the highest placed independent team he has done far better than he is given credit for. Half of me wants to see him on an Aprilia and half wants him to retire in one piece.
43
08/11/2020 11:08:31 4 1
bbc
Except Marquez? ... He's a non-runner now too despite exceptional talent..

Agree with those other sentiments.
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08/11/2020 22:11:08 0 0
bbc
Loser
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08/11/2020 09:35:56 6 2
bbc
Would be interested to hear who you’re thinking of? Only 2 other riders spring to mind, Carl Fogarty and Jonny Rea. I’d put CC first, CF second and JR third. CF gets my vote over JR simply because WSBK was absolutely massive in his era and full of competitive riders and bikes.
42
08/11/2020 11:05:43 2 1
bbc
My honest opinion, I'd reverse that Brit trio fully a 180 reynoldo. CF an exceptional talent on a level with Surtees and Hailwood.

Surtees was instrumental in getting the Italian Red Machines ( Not just the MV-Agustas but the four wheeled prancing horse devices ) only to be given the "treatment" Vettel v. Ferrari Style. Ferrari have form, much form for that sort of thing.... to this very day.
41
08/11/2020 11:02:51 12 1
bbc
One hell of a tough guy. He gets criticised for crashing but that's because he always pushes the bike to it's limits and the Honda has been a nightmare for all except Marquez. So to get three wins,a number of podiums and often the highest placed independent team he has done far better than he is given credit for. Half of me wants to see him on an Aprilia and half wants him to retire in one piece.
43
08/11/2020 11:08:31 4 1
bbc
Except Marquez? ... He's a non-runner now too despite exceptional talent..

Agree with those other sentiments.
39
08/11/2020 10:57:40 0 9
bbc
I presume you don’t watch any sports where there is a BAME person involved if that is your attitude?
44
08/11/2020 11:16:33 2 3
bbc
Wrong on the presumption front. I got 3-1 AGAINST Hamilton last GP "in running". Get in!

Look up and glean a wider understanding of "brainwashing". Use your own judgement not those of others. Some folks speaketh with forked tongue...

BEWARE PROFESSIONALS.

BBC has now evolved to demonstrate you can have far too much of a "good thing".

Cue "Nation shall speak Brainwashing unto Nation".
47
08/11/2020 11:33:50 1 5
bbc
So you just watched it for your bet really ..

Sounds like you have an issue with certain people.
38
08/11/2020 10:56:38 2 2
bbc
Purile and sterile you write. I'm about to write out a cheque for £157 to enable poor Lineker to "get by" when he helps himself to another increase from the guaranteed revenue stream.. poor lad.

That after an all too brief two year break form paying their over rewarded staff for more years than I care to remember.

Value for money .. No chance .. BBC with added less than covert brainwashing.????
45
08/11/2020 11:23:01 0 0
bbc
Who writes cheques ??
24
08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
46
08/11/2020 11:28:37 2 0
bbc
Stick the Guinness, troll.
44
08/11/2020 11:16:33 2 3
bbc
Wrong on the presumption front. I got 3-1 AGAINST Hamilton last GP "in running". Get in!

Look up and glean a wider understanding of "brainwashing". Use your own judgement not those of others. Some folks speaketh with forked tongue...

BEWARE PROFESSIONALS.

BBC has now evolved to demonstrate you can have far too much of a "good thing".

Cue "Nation shall speak Brainwashing unto Nation".
47
08/11/2020 11:33:50 1 5
bbc
So you just watched it for your bet really ..

Sounds like you have an issue with certain people.
28
08/11/2020 10:08:00 7 0
bbc
A god rider in an era of true greats. Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez remain the untouchables and Rossi the ultimate warrior at 40 odd years of age.
48
08/11/2020 11:35:40 2 2
bbc
Some would say Rossi has been lucky to avoid serious injury I say he does not take risks its that simple. Marquez has a win at all cost way.
49
08/11/2020 11:36:02 9 0
bbc
In racing, it's been said that if you're not occasionally crashing, you're not going fast enough. The trick is to crash in practice, and have a great race. The problem is that motorcycle racers pay so dearly for tiny errors. It's the knife edge in racing. Cal has led the small band of occasional British riders in MotoGP well. At 35 he could still do well in WSBK or BSB. Congrats on a fine decade.
37
08/11/2020 10:51:03 7 0
bbc
Top man in a very demanding sport, to me never given enough recognition or praise as our top rider for many years. Likewise love to see him in BSB . best wishes for the future whatever he decides to do..
50
08/11/2020 11:49:25 2 0
bbc
Absolutely agree with all of that. It would be great to see him in BSB, Josh Brookes has shown this year speed + experience are a potent combo.
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08/11/2020 12:03:46 3 0
bbc
Well done Cal, all the very best for the future and thanks for some great racing excitement giving us Brits someone to cheer for. Hope to see you in BSB next season but kudos to you regardless.
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08/11/2020 12:09:52 6 0
bbc
I think to leave in one piece, having won races and mixed it with the great and the and good for a decade is sufficiently smart way to bow out.. Should he find the motivation am sure he could do well in WSB, cheers Cal for giving us someone to cheer.
24
08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
53
08/11/2020 12:31:24 1 0
bbc
What a truly silly comment!
54
08/11/2020 12:33:00 5 1
bbc
Great rider, hardcore! No chance of him going to BSB. Why risk serious injury for no money when he doesn’t need to. Look at Shakey Byrne, he was best paid BSB rider and it would be a pittance to what Cal’s earning in Moto GP and he’s lucky not to be paralysed after his crash that ended his career.
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08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
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Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
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08/11/2020 12:34:32 0 0
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Cal has always played second fiddle to you in racing in this championship
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08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
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Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
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08/11/2020 12:34:54 2 1
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What an ignorant comment
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08/11/2020 12:39:00 7 0
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Never really had the best machinery but always got the best out of them. A proper go hard or go home guy
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08/11/2020 12:39:14 7 2
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To BOD loves a guinness. Go back to the hole you have clearly emerged from having indulged in too many guinness's. Cal Crutchlow is a true hero. No point in trying to tell you. I have to stop writing now otherwise the BBC will not publish this.
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08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
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08/11/2020 12:44:27 1 1
bbc
So easy to criticise from an armchair! Cal does not deserve your negativity.
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08/11/2020 12:47:04 5 1
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Cal is a great rider and I think he deserves a lot of praise for his achievements. Thanks Cal!
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08/11/2020 10:59:35 1 1
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Hmm ... not sure about that. He’s had a pretty good career, but too many crashes and injuries have deprived him of a better career. Still our best rider since BS though.
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Gav
08/11/2020 12:50:02 1 2
bbc
Maybe best MotoGP rider, but best rider since BS? What about Foggy?
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08/11/2020 13:28:16 1 0
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Close 2nd for me. See my reply higher up to ‘Charles Esteppe’ at 9.35. And Jonny Rea 3rd.
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08/11/2020 12:53:44 3 0
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Well done Cal Crutchlow. Opinions please :

MotoGP is the 2 wheel equivalent of F1 or it's not as simple as that.
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08/11/2020 14:23:27 14 1
bbc
Yes but that’s where the equivalence ends. Gave up following F1 years ago, watching paint dry is more interesting.
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You
08/11/2020 14:37:06 1 0
bbc
True. Road racing is far more exciting however. Check out the Northwest 200, The Cookstown 100, The Tandragee 100, The Southern 100, Armoy Road Races, Ulster Grand Prix raced around the world-famous Dundrod course. Check Youtube for footage of these. Crazy stuff.
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Ian
09/11/2020 11:50:17 0 0
bbc
No comparison in my opinion.

F1 - best engineering expertise, best pit crew, best tactician plus a driver. Boring to watch.

MotoGp - riders using their skill and bravery to wring the best possible performance out of a 2 wheeled frame. Loads more input from the "pilot".
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08/11/2020 09:16:04 32 1
bbc
BBC NI. Gives reasonable coverage of motorsport. For the rest of us it's a desert. Almost no coverage of Jon Rea's 6th world championship, nothing on BSB. Too much on tennis, (who plays tennis?). Athletics, another minority sport, endless football and boring cricket. In fact there's no motorsport programmes on the BBC at all now.
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08/11/2020 13:14:25 1 0
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I couldn't agree more! There used to be F1, F3, Rallycross, Motorcycle trials, scrambling etc etc.
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Gav
08/11/2020 12:50:02 1 2
bbc
Maybe best MotoGP rider, but best rider since BS? What about Foggy?
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08/11/2020 13:28:16 1 0
bbc
Close 2nd for me. See my reply higher up to ‘Charles Esteppe’ at 9.35. And Jonny Rea 3rd.
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jk
08/11/2020 13:34:49 9 0
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Saw Cal win at Philip Island, Rossi 2nd and Marquez wipe out .. awesome day !
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08/11/2020 22:09:58 0 7
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Ha ha , is that the best you got , one little victory , pathetic...
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08/11/2020 13:35:34 5 0
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He made it all the more interesting for most Brits that love to watch this sport, Thanks for the great entertainment and all the great race's.
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08/11/2020 13:48:41 7 0
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It has been a brilliant to watch you over the years call, you have been involved in some incredible racing, and when you’ve had the right bike under you your racing has been a thrill to watch.
You are and will be a British legend, taking it to Marquez when you had the bike under you was thrilling and you never disappointed.
My only hope is that all these injuries don’t affect you in later life
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08/11/2020 09:16:04 32 1
bbc
BBC NI. Gives reasonable coverage of motorsport. For the rest of us it's a desert. Almost no coverage of Jon Rea's 6th world championship, nothing on BSB. Too much on tennis, (who plays tennis?). Athletics, another minority sport, endless football and boring cricket. In fact there's no motorsport programmes on the BBC at all now.
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08/11/2020 14:19:13 1 0
bbc
Agree with you except what cricket is on the BBC apart from the radio? I’m happy to watch or listen to cricket and 2 wheel racing MotoGP/WSB/BSB/TT/NW200 all day long !
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08/11/2020 14:21:09 2 0
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Cal, you’ve done okay for someone from Coventry I suppose.
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08/11/2020 12:53:44 3 0
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Well done Cal Crutchlow. Opinions please :

MotoGP is the 2 wheel equivalent of F1 or it's not as simple as that.
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08/11/2020 14:23:27 14 1
bbc
Yes but that’s where the equivalence ends. Gave up following F1 years ago, watching paint dry is more interesting.
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08/11/2020 12:53:44 3 0
bbc
Well done Cal Crutchlow. Opinions please :

MotoGP is the 2 wheel equivalent of F1 or it's not as simple as that.
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You
08/11/2020 14:37:06 1 0
bbc
True. Road racing is far more exciting however. Check out the Northwest 200, The Cookstown 100, The Tandragee 100, The Southern 100, Armoy Road Races, Ulster Grand Prix raced around the world-famous Dundrod course. Check Youtube for footage of these. Crazy stuff.
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08/11/2020 21:11:45 0 0
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Too many die.
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08/11/2020 14:46:38 7 5
bbc
A true champion on a proper wheeled sport, HE does deserve a knighthood, not like that slot racing fella
Removed
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08/11/2020 15:02:10 13 0
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Well done, Cal. Enjoy whatever the future holds. BBC Moto GP coverage is useless. I guess there isn't a checkbox to fill somewhere
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08/11/2020 08:04:36 60 0
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Good grief, the BBC actually did it’s one a year token article on one of ours in motorcycle racing.
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08/11/2020 15:06:31 3 0
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He doesn't create enough fuss or buzz on social media for them to bother with him. Hats off to you Cal, class act.
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08/11/2020 16:14:09 1 1
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Congratulations Cal and best wishes for your future.

I can't recall hearing a MotoGP rider suffering from "mental health"

Are the riders "Aliens" ?
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08/11/2020 21:15:53 1 0
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Wow, you can't be much of a fan if you've never heard about Rossi's struggles
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08/11/2020 17:45:16 4 0
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Legend.
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08/11/2020 14:46:38 7 5
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A true champion on a proper wheeled sport, HE does deserve a knighthood, not like that slot racing fella
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bbc
Removed
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08/11/2020 18:43:51 4 0
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Loved following him. Always interesting. Looks like a British free zone in Motogp for the foreseeable. Good luck Cal with whatever life serves up for you ??
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08/11/2020 21:10:37 4 1
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Crutchlow got his break into Moto GP at the right time & made the most of it. Sadly he’s going to be the last Brit in the premier class for a long time, given the sheer numbers of young Italian and Spanish riders who are being fed through from the lower tiers of Moto3 and Moto2. By his own admission he has probably overachieved & with nothing more to prove should retire to protect his body..
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09/11/2020 15:31:40 0 0
bbc
Probably a few years too late for Sam Lowes to make the leap but Jake Dixon probably has a shout if he keeps up his year to year progress next year.

I understand why Cal did it but his big mistake was taking the Ducati works ride when the bike was still a pig. I don't think Cal's arm's up to it any more but I do wonder why Pol Espagaro gets offered plum factory rides ahead of him.
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You
08/11/2020 14:37:06 1 0
bbc
True. Road racing is far more exciting however. Check out the Northwest 200, The Cookstown 100, The Tandragee 100, The Southern 100, Armoy Road Races, Ulster Grand Prix raced around the world-famous Dundrod course. Check Youtube for footage of these. Crazy stuff.
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08/11/2020 21:11:45 0 0
bbc
Too many die.
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08/11/2020 16:14:09 1 1
bbc
Congratulations Cal and best wishes for your future.

I can't recall hearing a MotoGP rider suffering from "mental health"

Are the riders "Aliens" ?
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08/11/2020 21:15:53 1 0
bbc
Wow, you can't be much of a fan if you've never heard about Rossi's struggles
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jk
08/11/2020 13:34:49 9 0
bbc
Saw Cal win at Philip Island, Rossi 2nd and Marquez wipe out .. awesome day !
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08/11/2020 22:09:58 0 7
bbc
Ha ha , is that the best you got , one little victory , pathetic...
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08/11/2020 11:02:51 12 1
bbc
One hell of a tough guy. He gets criticised for crashing but that's because he always pushes the bike to it's limits and the Honda has been a nightmare for all except Marquez. So to get three wins,a number of podiums and often the highest placed independent team he has done far better than he is given credit for. Half of me wants to see him on an Aprilia and half wants him to retire in one piece.
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08/11/2020 22:11:08 0 0
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Loser
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08/11/2020 09:53:06 3 52
bbc
Why the write up? The guys done nothing. Boring article.
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08/11/2020 22:13:44 0 0
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You are absolutely right, I have seen it all , they even claim apparently that Honda favour Marquez , the only reason why Cal didn't do better
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Ian
09/11/2020 11:22:05 3 0
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Appropriate at this time of year as the BBC will "pick" the possible Sports Personality of the Year winners.

I've never understood how we've never had a SPOTY winner from the world of motor cycling since 1959 (Surtees). Surely one of Crutchlow, Rea, Fogarty, Sheene or Guy Martin (a man with real personality) should have been recognized.
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08/11/2020 12:53:44 3 0
bbc
Well done Cal Crutchlow. Opinions please :

MotoGP is the 2 wheel equivalent of F1 or it's not as simple as that.
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Ian
09/11/2020 11:50:17 0 0
bbc
No comparison in my opinion.

F1 - best engineering expertise, best pit crew, best tactician plus a driver. Boring to watch.

MotoGp - riders using their skill and bravery to wring the best possible performance out of a 2 wheeled frame. Loads more input from the "pilot".
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08/11/2020 09:35:56 6 2
bbc
Would be interested to hear who you’re thinking of? Only 2 other riders spring to mind, Carl Fogarty and Jonny Rea. I’d put CC first, CF second and JR third. CF gets my vote over JR simply because WSBK was absolutely massive in his era and full of competitive riders and bikes.
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09/11/2020 12:59:18 0 0
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Fogarty had chances but it just wasn't to be. Unfortunately crowing about how much better he'd be than what America and Australia could produce came to nothing when he was picking a works NSR out of the Donington gravel.
We've had numerous riders in 500s and Moto GP over the years. Unfortunately part of the issue is our reliance on road bikes as a basis for a championship so they've never excelled
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08/11/2020 08:04:36 60 0
bbc
Good grief, the BBC actually did it’s one a year token article on one of ours in motorcycle racing.
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09/11/2020 13:02:48 0 0
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You never know, at this rate they might actually acknowledge the MotoGP results more than once every 3 months.

But I doubt it.
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08/11/2020 08:42:22 8 2
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He's been a good 'un, but I'm not convinced he's been our best rider since Barry Sheene, he has definitely rode the best machinery of any British rider since BS but I think there are others that may have done well given the same chance, unfortunately British riders don't seem to get many good rides in Motogp.
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09/11/2020 13:04:05 0 0
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To get chances, you need to show something more. Look at who has come and gone in MGP or 500s. Hodgson and Toseland to name but two in MGP. Haslam, Rob Mac and McKenzie all had works bikes in 500s. The chances have been there but look at the grids back then. Schwantz, Rainey, Lawson, Gardner, Doohan etc. How on earth do you beat that lot?
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08/11/2020 21:10:37 4 1
bbc
Crutchlow got his break into Moto GP at the right time & made the most of it. Sadly he’s going to be the last Brit in the premier class for a long time, given the sheer numbers of young Italian and Spanish riders who are being fed through from the lower tiers of Moto3 and Moto2. By his own admission he has probably overachieved & with nothing more to prove should retire to protect his body..
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09/11/2020 15:31:40 0 0
bbc
Probably a few years too late for Sam Lowes to make the leap but Jake Dixon probably has a shout if he keeps up his year to year progress next year.

I understand why Cal did it but his big mistake was taking the Ducati works ride when the bike was still a pig. I don't think Cal's arm's up to it any more but I do wonder why Pol Espagaro gets offered plum factory rides ahead of him.
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09/11/2020 20:03:13 0 0
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Sam Lowes made that leap once and ended up on the Aprilia which was a complete dog. He’s probably a more mature rider as a result but if he’s got any sense he’ll stay in moto 2.
Agree that Jake Dixon might get a shot given his Petronas connections but he’ll need a wheelbarrow full of sponsorship cash to get him there. Speaking of which, the reason why Espargaro gets the plum rides €€€€€€
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09/11/2020 15:31:40 0 0
bbc
Probably a few years too late for Sam Lowes to make the leap but Jake Dixon probably has a shout if he keeps up his year to year progress next year.

I understand why Cal did it but his big mistake was taking the Ducati works ride when the bike was still a pig. I don't think Cal's arm's up to it any more but I do wonder why Pol Espagaro gets offered plum factory rides ahead of him.
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09/11/2020 20:03:13 0 0
bbc
Sam Lowes made that leap once and ended up on the Aprilia which was a complete dog. He’s probably a more mature rider as a result but if he’s got any sense he’ll stay in moto 2.
Agree that Jake Dixon might get a shot given his Petronas connections but he’ll need a wheelbarrow full of sponsorship cash to get him there. Speaking of which, the reason why Espargaro gets the plum rides €€€€€€