After a superb start to 2013 Cal Crutchlow is now seen as a bone fide contender in MotoGP. The Englishman has claimed two podium finishes so far this season and has been tipped by Jorge Lorenzo to win a race soon.
With his improvements over the last 18 months it is hard to believe that when he came into MotoGP in 2011 that there were major question marks over how he would adapt to the premier class. Speaking to Stephen English the Tech3 rider admitted that even he had doubts about whether he had made the right decision during a difficult rookie campaign. When asked if he thought he would be as successful in the premier class as he has been Cruthclow said:
“In all honesty in my first year…I didn’t and I was ready to go back to World Superbike,” admitted Crutchlow. I have always said that if someone had have offered me a WSBK ride there and then at one point in the year I would have gone back.
“I had quite a lot to learn and I wanted to learn it too fast. We went to ten new tracks and I expected to win at everyone of them and it doesn’t happen. I was battling with riders that I thought were rubbish and they’re not rubbish, they’re incredibly talented. I’m not saying that they’re no good but just that they were riding around at the back. When I came here I had a shock as to how good they actually are.”
Crutchlow went on to comment about how he has learned how to ride these bikes over the last three years.
“I think I’ve learned experience rather than develop something,” continued Crutchlow. “My speed was always there and I was always fast-sometimes over one lap, sometimes over ten laps but never over the whole race. Now I’m a lot stronger over the whole race.”