‘Márquez is not going to be a slow rider, but it will take time for him to readjust’

Before his debut as a Yamaha tester this Friday at the Losail circuit the British Cal crutchlow has attended a telematic press conference to MotoGP journalists. And at 35 he closes a kind of circle since it was with the brand with which he debuted in MotoGP and for which he rode (in the then Tech3 satellite team) from 2011 to 2013. In addition, running for the official Iwata team, he conquered his Supersport champion title in 2009 and the following year he contested the World Superbike World Championship with Yamaha, finishing fifth.

He says he is happy with his new role: “Obviously, I am upset that I am not on the MotoGP grid this year. Honestly, I had options to go to Aprilia, but I’m not surprised with the way things turned out, because teams and factories make different decisions and sometimes they are weird. Now I’m a test driver and I think it’s a very good job, but I really don’t understand his decision. Obviously, there are great talents in Moto2 and Moto3 taking steps towards MotoGP. Being here is good “


“I feel good with Yamaha. The brand prepared for the Sepang test, but it was canceled and we started here. It is a long time without getting on the bike, but I am prepared, although I know it will be difficult and that the first two or three days will be to feel comfortable on the bike. You have to understand it. To go fast you have to feel comfortable on the bike first “


“I would say that when I was at Yamaha, it was Valentino. Last year I couldn’t compare because we had different bikes, but when I was at Yamaha it was Valentino who most resembled my riding “


“He is now one of my five bosses. I have the boss of Yamaha and the riders also as bosses, but if we talk about Valentino as a person, he is a person with a great career, who works his body and has the ambition to continue. That you decide to continue is very good. Valentino could have retired twenty years ago and have a comfortable life retired a long time ago, but he needs to continue riding racing bikes. It was the same with Nicky Hayden. He needed to keep running because he loved this. Valentino maintains the passion for running and giving everything “


“Marc Márquez is Marc Márquez. When he returns, he will never do it slowly. We all hope and anticipate that he runs as soon as possible and I think he knows he should take his time and come back. “

“He’s not going to be a slow driver, but it will take time for him to readjust. They say that about Marc, but then he could be the fastest after three laps. You never know. I think even the pilots want me to come back ”


“Obviously it is sad for British fans not to have a British rider racing in MotoGP this year. It’s sad for MotoGP. Historically they have had some good British drivers over the years. “

“It is disappointing not to see a Briton on the grid. I was thinking the same as everyone else: that Brad would race for Aprilia, but I’m not surprised by the news because as we know the manufacturer’s teams make different decisions, and sometimes strange. Bradley knows how to ride a motorcycle and has been competitive over the years and also a good test rider. I think his work ethic is very good. “