MCN caught up af­ter the race with some of those near­est to Crutchlow to get their insight into just how im­por­tant the win was for the LCR Honda rider

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Dek Crutchlow Cal’s dad

“Cal can ride a bike. Ev­ery per­son on that grid can. It pisses me off when I see peo­ple slag­ging those rid­ers off on Twit­ter, be­cause they just don’t un­der­stand it. For sure, Cal crashes, but peo­ple crash; Mar­quez crashes!

“I wasn’t scream­ing at the TV; I mean, how can I as­sist him by scream­ing at a telly? But when he won I was very proud and very happy for him and the team and all of those around him. The pres­sure is on me now though, as I’m rac­ing in the Pro-am at Sil­ver­stone!”

Jake Har­ri­son Mon­ster En­ergy Two Wheel Mo­tor­sport Man­ager and per­sonal friend of Cal’s

“He knew it was in there, and those close to him al­ways knew it – and for it to come now is just per­fect. It’s been a shame to see Bri­tish fans turn­ing their back on him a lit­tle bit re­cently. There’s al­ways been some loyal peo­ple, but it’s a nice big FU to a load of those peo­ple too!”

Valentino Rossi Seven-time Mo­togp cham­pion

“Great con­grat­u­la­tions to Cal, he de­serves it. I’m very happy for him as he’s one of the fun­ni­est guys in Mo­togp. We have a great re­la­tion­ship and it’s ar­rived in a great mo­ment for him as he’s just be­come a dad too!”

Neil Hodg­son WSB Cham­pion

“It was such a ballsy thing for Cal to do to­day. It’s so easy to crash in those con­di­tions and for the first few laps he was on the wrong tyres! It took a lot of balls, and if there’s one thing Cal is known for it’s that!”

James Tose­land Two-time WSB champ and Mo­togp rider

“Cal had such bad luck on the Du­cati and then came to Honda and to be hon­est af­ter that I thought that was it for his chances of win­ning a race. I have first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of Mo­togp and it is im­pos­si­ble to win Mo­togp races on satel­lite bikes un­less there’s a bit of fortune on your side. I think it’s been helped by hav­ing his baby daugh­ter, per­haps it has put a per­spec­tive on life where he knows he can only do his best. His best will al­ways be good enough to him and that’s all that mat­ters.”

Shane Byrne Four-time BSB cham­pion

“He might not be the most nat­u­rally ta­lented rider but he doesn’t half work hard for it. No­body in that pad­dock makes as much ef­fort in terms of what he does to make it hap­pen. For that, I’m re­ally chuffed for him as it shows if you put in the work it can pay off. He was the best in the world to­day and it’s taken 35 years for us to be able to say that!”

Jonathan Rea Reign­ing WSB Cham­pion

“To win in those con­di­tions you have to be clev­erer than the rest and Cal showed that to­day. He de­serves this more than most be­cause I know how much he works at be­ing the best he can be.” Marc Mar­quez Dou­ble Mo­togp cham­pion

“I’ve spent quite a lot of time with Cal talk­ing about the bike, and we get on re­ally well. I’m so happy for him, for Lucy and for his new fam­ily! He’s a great guy and I’m re­ally pleased to see him win.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.