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THE CAL CRUTCH-SHOW

We sat down with the LC RHondarider to see what makes Britain’s best of hope apremier class champion tick.

RACE FEATURE

Cal looked even more confused when he met Pretty Boy.

He splits opinions like Marmite, but there’s no doubting that the relentless bugger from Coventry is a talent on two wheels. Whether you love him or loathe him (which surprisingly, some people do), there’s no ignoring him and after being the first Brit to lead the World Championship since Bazza Sheene about a billion years ago, you really can’t doubt him. But what makes Cal so special? Well, its the fact that he rose through our very own ranks (BSB et al), and managed to convert his superbike-style experience into a MotoGP race-winning reality mainly. And when you look at the fact that the late, great Nicky Hayden was the only other real superbike rider to properly break the mould from production bikes into prototype racing, that’s no mean feat. If you’re a bit like us and have been glued to the GP coverage this year you’ll know that after an incredible start to the 2018 season, things have been pretty tough for Crutchlow and the works-backed LCR Honda squad, with a few crashes giving his championship hopes a royal battering (that one at Le Mans looked particularly painful). But no-one’s perfect, right?

Aiming high

Which is exactly why there’s still hope for our speedy Brit, who’s shown his toughness and grit on untold occasions. We like Cal, because he’s tenacious. He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t take no for answer, and when there’s something he wants to do, he makes it happen. And God help you if you try and get in his way. Here’s a guy that had a pretty humble intro to two-wheeled shenanigans, scrapping it out with the likes of Leon Camier and Tommy Hill in the R6 Cup on converted street bikes – much unlike his current contemporaries who were pretty much spoon-fed the Grand Prix elixir from the moment they could crawl. Only a madman would have guessed Cal would one day be joining the likes of Marquez and Rossi, and handing it to them in the way he’s been doing. Nah, we didn’t really see it coming either. But we’re bloody glad he has, as it’s given a whole wave of up-and-coming nippers some real inspiration, showing the BSB riders of tomorrow that it’s possible to get to the top flight and make an impact.

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