Photos: Cal Crutchlow’s First Day on the Ducati Desmosedici

11/11/2013 @ 2:01 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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Cal Crutchlow’s wish finally came true today, as the British rider finally got to swing a leg over a factory MotoGP machine. Taking to the track for the first time on the Ducati, all eyes were on the live timing screens to see how Crutchlow would get on with the…ahem…difficult Desmosedici GP13.

Making 39 laps around the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana, Crutchlow finished the day sixth-fastest, with a top lap time of 1’32.054 — just a tenth of a second off the pace of his new-again teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Not a bad start for the Brit, though he was still 0.797 seconds back from Jorge Lorenzo, who set the fastest time on Monday’s test day (1’31.257).

“Obviously the situation is completely different to what I was used to before today, but anyway, I’m very happy to come and work with the factory Ducati team. I’ve done everything you should on a first day at work and I think we can safely say that we’ve had a positive day learning everything: the bike, the electronics, the team,” said Crutchlow. “There are so many new things to get your head around, but it’s also interesting.”

“In the next two days, we’ll try to focus and improve. The team have been great at listening to my feedback, while I take advantage of their advice and experience. It helps to be able to count on Daniele Romagnoli, as he’s Italian like most of the Ducati technicians. I’m pleased with the way we’re working. We’re not going to change things overnight, but today was a positive first step.”

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Photos: Cal Crutchlows First Day on the Ducati Desmosedici Cal Crutchlow MotoGP Ducati Corse Valencia Test Scott Jones 09 635x423

Photos: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. Yeah, a whole season on a bike that’s less competitive than the bike you just got off, a dream come true.

    What a waste of a great rider, but I suppose it doesn’t matter considering how many great riders have been wasted in the same maner.

  2. ProudAmerican says:

    I plugged Cal’s statements into a “between the lines” translator program and it spit this out:

    “Obviously the situation is completely different to what I was used to before today…”
    –”Um, does my new contract have a ‘go back in time to my previous bike’ clause?”

    “I’m very happy to come and work with the factory Ducati team…”
    –”Can I get this payroll check cashed immediately? I’d like to have something positive to remember about today.”

    “I’ve done everything you should on a first day at work…”
    –”I wanted to take a sledge hammer to this piece of crap bike, but didn’t…”

    ”There are so many new things to get your head around, but it’s also interesting.”
    –”Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck! What have I done?!”

    “The team have been great at listening to my feedback…”
    –”Are you guys serious? THIS is the best that Ducati can do?”

    “…while I take advantage of their advice and experience.”
    –”Cal, drink the Ducati kool-aid for two years, then take your money and run!”

  3. TexusTim says:

    the song remains the same..”ductai” careers begin and end there…too bad cal never got on the factory yamaha..just timing I guess, but brits seem to get the short end for some reason. then americans…spanish guys get all the breaks..Im pissed my parents weren’t spanish.

  4. Note to Cal (in case this got missed): FYI, no TC in first gear!

  5. JW says:

    ” The team have been great at listening to my feedback, ”

    That’s just it, listening and then doing something about the nessasary changes will be key to any Desmo success in 14

  6. JW says:

    ” The team have been great at listening to my feedback, ”

    That’s just it, listening – sure but then doing something about the nessasary changes will be key to the Desmo finishing inside of one minute from first place.

  7. n/a says:

    This could have been avoided if he used his mouth more effectively while riding for Yamaha. For example, Bradley Smith is getting a go on a factory bike/factory goodies! lol

  8. jet says:

    Seem’s all you rice burner’s are ” SCARED”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,LOL

  9. Stefan says:

    Why the negativity? Instead of supporting him and wishing him all the best, you start flaming? Great job guys… way to go. This is the old Desmo… the new one already in development. Lets wait what it can do and wish Cal, a great guy, all the best!

  10. Mtech says:

    So is his bike running an Akrapovic Exhaust Vs. Termignoni?

  11. Dc4go says:

    Good luck Cal let’s hope this works out , welcome Gigi!

  12. J Wilson says:

    I really wish CC the best, but as often as he got ditched by the M1, it scares me to think of the offs he may accrue with the DD . . . . . be careful !

  13. phil taylor says:

    Surely he’s Ducati’s last hope. If this doesn’t work then they might as well give up.

  14. Dc4go says:

    If Ducati listen to their riders, along with Gigi’s guidance they can turn it around by making a rideable bike capable of running up front. Improve the bike and the results will follow .

  15. smiler says:

    So many teenagers with handbags. If the world was ruled by you lot, nothing would ever change.
    Audi made it absolutely clear they would do the following:
    1. Sort out the internal workings of the racing department. Gobmeister the hatchet man has done this
    2. Develope the current bike and see what options for improvement there would be. This they have done. Not many as was expected.
    3. Not jump to any short term gains. The improvment would take time @2015. Done as well.
    4. Get the right people in to move Ducati corse forward. Also done.

    Cal is agressive, self made, not been through the usual 125, 250 route to motogp yet has been on the podium and mixing it well with factory riders. He saysprecisely what he thinks and is hard as nails. Dovi is Italian, talented and young.

    To be on Dovi’s pace in less than one day, I would argue is fine. He is ahead of the satelite riders and where he should be.

    Ducati have used several years to get their range sorted. They now have a rich owner, new riders, new and every experienced team principle.

    What is the problem again?

  16. To come up to Dovi’s speed in one day? Jeebus, man. Good goin’, Cal! This bodes very, very well for his new ride. A few months down the road, he could well be top Ducati rider and mixing it up farther up the grid than anybody might expect. I’m very interested to see how this plays out.

  17. sideswipeasaurus says:

    I wouldn’t read too much in Cal getting up to Dovi’s pace. That’s more the limitation of the bike. He’ll get up there but no farther and ask Dovi “Is this it?” and Dovi will answer “Yeah, that’s what we have to work with. This is as fast as you go unless you like chewing gravel.”

  18. meatspin says:

    day 2 times put him behind Bradley and Pol. lol

  19. I’ve placed information vital to the survival of Ducati Corse into the memory systems D16RR unit. Gigi Dall’Igna will know how to retrieve it. You must see this D16RR safely delivered to him in Bologna. This is our most desperate hour. Help us Cal Crutchlow, you’re our only hope.

  20. GARBAGE says:

    Probably the ugliest bike in all of racing!!!