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.
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