Cal Crutchlow signs his provisional return to the MotoGP championship with a 19th time trial on the first day of testing at Aragon. He stops the hands at 1’48 ″ 531 just over a second from Jorge Martin’s best lap. The last time he walked the MotorLand asphalt was in June, on the occasion of the private test together with SBK champion Toprak Razgatlioglu who could think of a move to the premier class in 2024.
Ergonomics problems for Crutchlow
It’s not easy to get comfortable on the Yamaha M1, despite being in his second year as an official test and replacement rider. In the last MotoGP season he made four appearances as a substitute for Morbidelli and Vinales, but without collecting points in the standings. On Saturday at Aragon he will have to start adjusting some ergonomic details to better face these six Grands Prix in place of the resigning Andrea Dovizioso. “I can’t find the right position on the bike., For Dovi it was exactly the same. He changed the handlebars 15 times, he couldn’t get comfortable with him and it happens to me too“, Cal Crutchlow said at the end of Aragon Friday.
The MotoGP test with Razgatlioglu
Yamaha has long courted Toprak Razgatlioglu to add him to the satellite team as early as the 2021 season. Nothing to do, the Turkish champion would have accepted the jump in the premier class only in a factory team. During the test last June Toprak does not seem to have had many problems with ergonomics: “He took off the seat spacer because it’s massive and the rest was a basic Yamaha setup“, The British test driver continued to Crash.net. Maybe one day we will see the Turkish champion on a MotoGP prototype? “A Superbike is easier to ride than a MotoGP. Toprak only knows one Superbike, so he’ll race like that [al momento]. He only did 40 laps, then it started raining“.
Cal Crutchlow would like to suggest that Razgatlioglu also accept a contract with a satellite team, since they can guarantee official treatment. “I think he should make the leap, Ben Spies also entered MotoGP with Tech3. Colin [Edwards] he was in Tech3… He could take the lead in MotoGP“. To date, no rider has won both the Superbike and MotoGP world titles, Toprak dreams of being able to write history. But will he ever come true?.