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Crutchlow can make a difference in MotoGP for Yamaha – Motorsports

Despite winning half of last year’s race, Yamaha failed to win any of the three championships offered, and the 2020 M1 rider was surrounded by a variety of bike issues and was highly consistent. Now there is no form.

After leading most of the campaign, Fabio Quartararo dropped to 8th place in the last 6 rounds, Maverick Viñales 6th and Rossi 15th (but two rounds for COVID-19). I missed it).

Yamaha’s troubles were not helped by the lack of Jorge Lorenzo’s test program, which lasted only four days in the 2019 M1 in February and October. The plan was largely canceled by COVID’s travel restrictions on Japan-based test crews.

In 2021, Marque signed a contract with former Tech3 Yamaha rider Crutchlow to lead plans after retirement from the full-time race and will be active throughout the day of this month’s Qatar test, which began on Friday (below).

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing, Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing

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When Crutchlow plagued Yamaha last year and was asked if it would be the last piece of a puzzle to resolve the contradictions he’s been doing since 2016, Rossi said: [he] It can help Yamaha a lot. Also, I have a good relationship with Cal, so I am very happy to work with him.

“It all depends on motivation, because it’s not easy to be a test rider because you have to find the motivation to push at the limits of the bike without racing, so this is for Cal. It’s not easy and I hope he arrives with good motivation and a good approach.

“He stopped this winter and is in good shape. I think this makes a difference. Cal is a MotoGP rider and I’m hoping for strong support from him so I quit last year.

“He’s in good shape and has been riding Honda for a long time, so I can give Yamaha some advice. I want to talk to him after he first touches the M1.”

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In an interview with Motorsport.com last year, Crutchlow needed a rider who wasn’t thinking of taking advantage of the opportunity as a stepping stone to return to the MotoGP grid in 2022, so a good candidate for Yamaha’s test roll. Said to be a person.

Yamaha approached a deal with former Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso as a tester, but decided to take a sabbatical in 2021 when offers and other test roll offers did not leave the door open full time. Selected 2022 Racing Return.

Crutchlow’s signature as Yamaha’s test rider made other factory riders enthusiastic last November, and Maverick Viñales eagerly aspired Briton to join in as direct feedback better assisted in bike development. did.

– Motorsports

Crutchlow can make a difference in MotoGP for Yamaha

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