Not quite an alien, but get­ting there

If de­ter­mi­na­tion won ti­tles, Cal would have a stack of them MCN STAR LET­TER

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Give Cal Dani’s Rep­sol ride

Well done Cal Crutchlow! Rep­sol Honda should get rid of Dani Pe­drosa and give his seat to Crutchlow for next year. Trevor Parsons, Coven­try

Crooks grabbed my cam­era

Just a heads up for those of us who ride with ac­tion cam­eras at­tached. I had mine snatched from its mount – a rider and pil­lion work­ing to­gether chased me down the A34 from M6 junc­tion 7 and when we hit the two-way traf­fic and slowed down, got along­side me, seized the mo­ment and grabbed the cam­era and ac­cel­er­ated away, caus­ing me to top­ple and slide. The po­lice have been sym­pa­thetic but of no help; it’s just been logged as an RTC. My in­sur­ance have classed it as an ‘at fault’ claim be­cause there’s no trace of the third party. I’m left in­jured and the bike is ‘be­yond eco­nom­i­cal re­pair’. But it’s not all woe – the lady who stopped and helped did all she could; a young man turned back and of­fered me sup­port; many pass­ing bik­ers of­fered help. The thieves do not rep­re­sent the ma­jor­ity. This hasn’t put me off two wheels and I will re­turn! Stephen Emery, Stafford­shire

More grasstrack please

Just wanted to say con­grat­u­la­tions on the bril­liant grasstrack fea­ture (MCN, Oc­to­ber 26). A few more of those might pro­voke the in­crease in in­ter­est this su­perb sport needs and de­serves. It’s not all plau­dits though, don’t for­get Greg Han­cock’s Speed­way GP ti­tle. Nigel Sav­ill, Northolt

Less pie, more speed

De­cent ar­ti­cle on mak­ing your bike lighter (MCN, Oc­to­ber 26) which threw up a cou­ple of op­tions I’d not con­sid­ered, such as the bat­tery mod. You missed the cheap­est weight­sav­ing mod though. Take a look at the bath­room scales and shave a few pounds off that per­haps not-so-lithe physique. Per­haps only one ba­con buttie at Squires to­day… No, stuff that – I’ll get a new bat­tery! Steve, Noth Yorks

Don't knock Jules and Keith

I’d like to give a big shout in sup­port of Keith Huewen and Ju­lian Ry­der. I have en­joyed their com­men­tary for years, both with Eurosport in the old 500GP days and now with BT. Ry­der is a highly re­garded mo­tor­cy­cle jour­nal­ist whose knowledge is sec­ondto-none while Huewen has the cre­den­tials of a suc­cess­ful ex-racer. Most of all though is the en­thu­si­asm, ex­cite­ment and well-in­formed ban­ter. No mono­tone script read­ing here. Ge­of­frey Col­lier, email

High price of small print

I wanted to stay with my 2015 in­surer but they raised my premium by 40% so I opted to go through the task of search­ing for a new deal. Un­for­tu­nately, the com­pany I chose made a mis­take with some de­tails on my pol­icy. When I called they said they had fixed it on their data­base but they failed to send me a copy. Also, they had not in­sured the bike for UK break­down as I had re­quested Euro­pean cover. I stupidly as­sumed if I had Euro cover, UK would be part of it! Wrong! I con­tacted the com­pany again but was not happy and de­cided to can­cel. I knew I would have a fee but as­sumed I’d re­ceive a par­tial re­fund. As­sume noth­ing! I was in­formed there was no re­fund due on my pol­icy’s costs of £196. The rea­son? My bike premium was only £9.92 – it was the ex­tras that cost the money. Le­gal ex­penses, break­down etc added up to £186. Don’t get caught like me, read your poli­cies folks. John, Shet­land

Un­crash­able BMW? Re­ally?

So, BMW’S Next 100 con­cept bike sug­gests gy­ros will ren­der bikes un­crash­able, thus leav­ing rid­ers with no need of pro­tec­tive gear. Tell me that again when the first rider of a bike equipped with ‘un­crash­able’ tech­nol­ogy gets hit by a 44 tonne truck! Dar­ren Playle, Har­low

Speed on the cheap

The Na­tional Sprint As­so­ci­a­tion run quar­ter-mile mo­tor­cy­cle sprints around the coun­try. £48 ACU li­cence, £25 an­nual club mem­ber­ship, £60-70 for a week­end’s rac­ing and £5 fuel. There are classes for ev­ery­thing from road-le­gal to any­thing-goes rac­ing, clas­sic, vin­tage and ju­niors in a mul­ti­tude of en­gine size classes. I’ve got an GSX-R1000 K1 with ex­tended swingarm, to­tal cost £2100, which has run 9.94 sec­onds @ 140mph. Bar­gain. Tony Wood, Somerset

Cal Crutchlow would be the first to ad­mit he is not the most nat­u­rally gifted rider in the Mo­togp pad­dock com­pared to the likes of Rossi and Mar­quez but if hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion, de­sire and self-be­lief won Mo­togp world cham­pi­onships, Cal would have at least one in the bag by now. They usu­ally tell you hav­ing kids takes a sec­ond off a rider's pace but the ar­rival of baby Wil­low has given Cal a sec­ond per lap! Happy at home, happy at work equals re­sults – and that’s been proved with his bril­liant win at Phillip Is­land. Not quite alien sta­tus yet Cal, but get­ting there.

Many Mo­togp stars never win, Cal has won twice this year al­ready

Viñales con­grat­u­lates Crutchlow

Keith & Jules: Na­tional trea­sures

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