Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 07 Nov 2015
Cal Crutchlow says he thinks Valentino Rossi deserves to win the 2015 MotoGP Championship but couldn’t be drawn on who he thinks will win with Rossi starting from the back of the grid.
Rossi leads team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by seven points into the final race of the season but will start last following the incident with Marc Marquez two weeks’ ago in Sepang.
When asked who will win the championship, Crutchlow told Bike Social: “I have no idea! I have a good relationship with both of them. Jorge is a very different character to Valentino. For me it’s quite strange, as Jorge, Vale and Marc are all great guys to me and I see no reason to be on anybody’s side.”
“I think Valentino deserves it,” he continued. “That’s not to say Lorenzo doesn’t but I think Valentino deserves it that little bit more. I don’t know why my opinion is that way. It’s a bit of everything really.”
When Rossi returned to Yamaha in 2013, Crutchlow was often scrapping with him for fourth place, but the Briton believes the nine-time World Champion has upped the game this season.
“When I was battling with him in 2013 for most of the year, maybe if I stayed for another year at Tech 3 I could have been battling with him again but this year he came out wanting to make a statement,” Crutchlow explained.
“That’s what I liked, that never give up attitude of being 36-years-old and still being able to do what he does on a motorcycle. He never stops learning, he hasn’t come to any circuit this year and gone slower than previous years so that means he’s still learning to go faster. I know that’s the same for a lot of guys but it’s easy to think that he wouldn’t so that’s why I swing a little more that way, but that’s not to take anything away from Jorge. When Jorge wins he wins with the greatest ease you could ever imagine.”