MotoGP / World SBK News
Future MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow was the subject of another great interview from Miller Motorsports Park on Tuesday. A few moto-journalist got to catch up with the Brit before he makes his move from this current ride on the Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike YZF-R1 to the M1.
During the interview, the man who will be piloting the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha M1 next year kept referring to Yamaha as a “family,” saying the manufacturer treats their racers like close relatives, which helps create success.
This is what appeals to Crutchlow, who says Yamaha looks after their riders, and builds a “good base for good riders.” Crutchlow, 24, says this is one of the reasons why current Tech 3 rider Ben Spies has been so strong.
Spies and Crutchlow have taken similar paths with Yamaha, although Spies didn’t compete in World Supersport like Crutchlow. During his first year on a Yamaha in the 2009 World Supersport championship, the 24-year-old Crurchlow took the title; during Spies first year on a Yamaha in World Superbike in 2009, he also took the title.
Then Crutchlow filled Spies vacancy on the WSBK team, and will do the same next year in MotoGP.
During the inteview, Crutchlow also spoke of his admiration for “the greatest motorcycle racer” Valentino Rossi, and how the Italian helped map out Crutchlow’s WSBK R1 before his double wins in Silverstone.
Crutchlow speaks of what he has to do both mentally and physically to be successful in MotoGP, his favorite tracks, and also who will be following him to MotoGP from his current WSBK team. He also confirmed that he was asked to ride Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha as a wildcard while VR 46 was injured, but explains why he choose against it.
A full transcript of the interview will follow shortly.