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DOR NAMOTOGP WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

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Where to be­gin after round 2, Ar­gentina? Su­per Cal Crutchlow. That’s where. In years to come I hope we will look back on this week­end and re­mem­ber not the #Ter­masClash (ugh... more on that later), but what was a mas­ter­ful and pos­si­bly ca­reer-defin­ing race from the great­est Coven­trian rider since Lady Go­diva.

Crutchlow left the Ter­mas de Rio Hondo Cir­cuit as the first Brit to lead the Mo­toGP World Cham­pi­onship since Barry Sheene tri­umphed in Venezuela in 1979. Crutchlow is hugely re­spected by his peers, be­ing fright­en­ingly quick on his day, a straight talker with no in­ter­est in the GP cir­cus razzmatazz and a re­ally tough but very pre­cise racer; the recipe for his suc­cess in Ar­gentina.

In re­ally tricky con­di­tions on a spo­rad­i­cally dry­ing track, Crutchlow tucked him­self in at the back of the lead group, be­hind Miller, Zarco and Rins, watch­ing, as­sess­ing the evolv­ing track con­di­tions and con­serv­ing his front. From the mo­ment he took the lead for the sec­ond time on lap 22 he was not let­ting go of the vic­tory. Zarco and the in­creas­ingly im­pres­sive Alex Rins, tak­ing a maiden ros­trum fin­ish, closed out the podium with pole man Miller tak­ing a well earned 4th. Many are pre­dict­ing a big 2018 for Crutchlow, and only a fool would say other­wise. This is the Brit at his best.

Cal showed the world he means busi­ness.

‘Check out my fris­bee!’

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