Dani Pedrosa owns Jerez, doesn’t he? With the possible exception of countryman Jorge Lorenzo, Pedrosa has more support at his home track than anyone, together with countless laps and several wins.
Yet there was Cal Crutchlow aboard his satellite Yamaha bridging up to Pedrosa after successfully battling with several other riders over fourth place (including but not limited to Nicky Hayden). Crutchlow then began to hound, and dice with, the factory Honda-mounted Pedrosa for several laps before being pipped at the line.
With two races in the books this year, Crutchlow has two fourth place finishes and sits fourth in the points. The new Yamaha 1000 clearly suits him. Nicknamed “The Dog”, the Brit cut his teeth at famous circuits like Cadwell Park and Donington, capturing the British Supersport championship in 2006 before taking the World Supersport crown in 2009.
After riding a Yamaha to fifth in the 2010 WSB championship, Crutchlow moved up to his current team, the Monster Tech3 Yamaha MotoGP team where he finished twelfth and top rookie in 2011.
The new Yamaha 1000 seems to have been a perfect fit for Crutchlow who set the fastest lap at Jerez last weekend near the end of the race. Yes, faster than the best lap set by Casey Stoner or Jorge Lorenzo . . . faster than everyone.
Crutchlow’s story is one of steady progress rather than a metioric rise. He has the ability to stay focused and has consistently reached his goals in the past. His next goal is MotoGP World champion.