Crutchlow Tests Out the M1 in Japan

motogp_crutchlow_m1 Cal Crutchlow isn’t wasting anytime to start preparing for his switch to the MotoGP. Crutchlow just wrapped up his World Superbike season, but he’s already doing testing with Yamaha’s M1 motorcycle.

Crutchlow finished fifth in the World Superbike series this year for the Yamaha Sterilgarda team, and was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award. But Crutchlow is now ready for a new challenge, and will be stepping up to the MotoGP class next year.

Crutchlow did a day and a half of testing on the YZR-M1 at the track in Fukuroi, Japan. Mixed weather made it a difficult testing session, but both Yamaha and Crutchlow were excited about the new partnership.

“The M1 felt a lot smaller than my Yamaha R1 Superbike,” said Cal Crutchlow. “I actually found the positioning more comfortable than the WSB machine. There is a lot of power but it feels very useable, it felt very different to a production based machine in terms of its delivery. In the wet we used the normal steel brakes but when it started to dry I had a chance to try the carbon ones which were cool, I managed to get quite comfortable with them. I found the chassis very stiff, it was really easy to change direction and the electronics were really different, even more advanced than the high level I’m used to in Superbike! It was a shame the weather wasn’t great so I wasn’t able to push to the bike’s full potential. I’m really looking forward to the Valencia test so I can get back on it and give it a proper work out!”

Crutchlow will get another chance to ride the M1 on November 9th, when he does testing with the Yamaha team in Valencia. Next year, Crutchlow will be joining Colin Edwards on the Yamaha Monster Tech3 team in the MotoGP.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Crutchlow Again!

By: Paul Carruthers, Courtesy of Cyclenews.com

Cal Crutchlow rolls on at Silverstone

They say the first win is the hardest and then they tend to come in bunches. If that’s the case, then the World Superbike paddock better take notice of Cal Crutchlow. Hours after winning the first World Superbike race of his career, Crutchlow did it again in race two at the Silverstone circuit in England, the Sterilgarda Yamaha rider sweeping both races and leading another all-British podium.

In this one, Crutchlow was content with sitting on the rear wheel of Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea, the pair never separated by more than .2 of a second at the start-finish line until Crutchlow decided to drop the hammer with two laps to go. On the 16th of 18 laps, Crutchlow led by .7 of a second. A lap later and it was 1.4 seconds. After 18 laps, Crutchlow had his second career victory by 2.070 seconds.

˝We´ve been trying so hard all year to achieve a win, I´m ecstatic that it has happened at my home race,” Crutchlow said in a team release. “It´s been a tough weekend with all the Brits trying hard but we knew we had the pace. We were worried about tire wear, but it wasn´t too bad. It was a little bit cooler in the first race which helped our bike as well. We now need to carry on and fight for the rest of the season. It´s been a dream come true today, three Brits on the podium for both races is brilliant. The British fans have been fantastic; they came out today and gave us tremendous support all round the circuit, a brilliant day for me, a brilliant day for Yamaha, Sterilgarda and all our other sponsors. All credit to Johnny Rea he rode really well in both races, but I was able to pick him off with a couple of laps to go.˝

Rea had to be content with second, the Northern Irishman well clear of Aprilia’s Leon Camier, the young Brit charging through from 10th on the opening lap to finish third – his third podium of the season.

Fourth place went to Leon Haslam, the Alstare Suzuki rider barely besting James Toseland with the Sterilgarda Yamaha rider making it an all-British top five.

The first non-Brit was World Championship points leader Max Biaggi, the Italian riding the second factory Aprilia to sixth. Then came Sylvain Guintoli and Shane Byrne in rapid succession as fourth through eighth were separated by just 1.2 seconds.

Jakub Smrz and Carlos Checa rounded out the top 10 with American Roger Lee Hayden 17th on the Pedercini Kawasaki.

The non-finishers included Troy Corser, the Australian crashing the BMW on the second lap.

Haslam gained a few more points on Biaggi in the championship with Biaggi leading by 60, 373-313.

Race 2
1. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
2. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
3. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
4. Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
5. James Toseland (Yamaha)
6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
7. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
8. Shane Byrne (Ducati)
9. Jakub Smrz (Aprilia)
10. Carlos Checa (Ducati)