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GP Week : Issue 152
It’s a racing adage that the first one you have to beat is your team-mate, and it has led to some great rivalry over the years. It’s happening again at the satellite Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team, where relative beginner Cal Crutchlow has been consistently over- shadowing fancied new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso joined the team after being elbowed out of the factory Honda squad, bent on revenge and full of talk about how he planned to earn a place in the factory Yamaha squad next season. At the first three races, however, the Italian former 125 champion has been slow to adapt to his new mount, while Crutchlow has hit a purple patch, twice qualifying on the front row and finishing fourth at Qatar and Jerez. Asked why he was having trouble matching his team-mate, Dovizioso suggested that Crutchlow was being helped by his past World Superbike experience, and rode “with Superbike style” . It might seem an innocuous comment, but it elicited an angry response. “He says I ride like a Superbike rider. Well, maybe it’s him who should change his style, to ride a Yamaha. “I’ve looked at all the data for the past season, to learn how to ride a MotoGP bike, and if you do that you can see I ride more like Jorge [Lorenzo] than any of the other Yamaha guys. “Riding a MotoGP bike isn’t easy and I don’t believe I’ve got an aggressive Superbike style any more. I’m more like a GP rider than ever or I wouldn’t have been getting these results,” he said. “Maybe it’s him who should change his effing style.” Crutchlow qualified on the front row for the GP with his team-mate on row three ... but Dovizioso got revenge in the race, battling with and finally trumping the Briton for the first time this season, finishing one place ahead in fourth. “MAYBE IT’S HIM WHO NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS STYLE” Crutchlow slams team-mate Dovizioso Click here silkolene.com for more information Shane Byrne, Paul Bird Motorsport, at Thruxton MCE British Superbike Championship - proving once again he is a major contender. Photograph courtesy of www.doublered.co.uk & www.jonessophotography.co.uk 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS MOTOGP >>> NEWS