The CAL-aissance or Just a Fluke?

You wait a lifetime for it, then two come along at once, and in the case of British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow, it was Premier Class victories. Firstly, the man from Coventry won at Brno circuit on August 20th, becoming the first Briton in 35 years to emerge victorious at the highest tier since Barry Sheene.

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Though a more open race was expected, given that Marc Marquez had already regained his championship by this time, Crutchlow was impressive yet again at Phillip Island. The eventual winning margin of 4.2s was a fair reflection of his superiority on the day, prompting MotoGP fans to ponder how much of an impact he could make in future seasons.
Statistically, the 2016 edition of MotoGP has proven to be unusually bountiful for British riders in a sport dominated by Italians and Spaniards. It is hard to identify exactly what has provoked this newfound bulldog spirit, but it is clear to see that he has strived to become a driver with versatility in mixed conditions.

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He has also adopted a system in which distinct targets are identified, instead of relying on superior machinery to threaten the podium. Undeniably, LCR Honda has managed Crutchlow in a way which augments his versatility, creating shrewd tyre and driver management strategies based on the more complex F1 system.
In terms of raw numbers, current projections imply that Crutchlow has the character and tenacity to venture yet further into the annals of the sport next season. Crutchlow failed to finish in four of his first eight races this year, finishing no better than sixth in that time. Yet, through sheer grit and determination, he rose above the criticism to record three podium finishes in four, including his historic Brno win.

 

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Right now, the sky appears to be the limit for Crutchlow. Though this outlook may be somewhat English rose-tinted, there can be no denying that the British lion is roaring at new decibels in the ruthless den that is MotoGP.

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