Crutchlow mystified by straight-line speed deficit10/07/2012
By David Miller
Image by Yamaha Racing
Monster Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow remains puzzled by the apparent straight-line speed deficit between his satellite YZR-M1 and that of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, given they have the same specification engines.
The Coventry rider, by his own admission, is getting smoked on straights not only by the factory bikes of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies but also by Dovizioso and Crutchlow is having to over-ride to make up for it on the brakes - a strategy which hampered him at the Sachsenring where he ran on into turn one and saw a possible podium go up in smoke with only five laps to go.
"Andrea and I ride the same. I know it looks different on track but when he picks the bike up it just accelerates. Why, we don't know. The only place I was losing in the whole lap was down the start/finish straight," said Crutchlow, speaking to bikesportnews.com.
"Straight-line speed isn't our strong point. But for me, we have no straight-line speed at all. You could argue I weight a little bit more, two kilos if that, Ben is the same weight as me. We have got to assess it because if we are losing in a straight line and I'm having to ride hard to make it up through the corners, then that's not good enough.
"We were so much quicker in the slow stuff, the only place I lost was in turn one, everywhere else we were running into the back of everyone. If you look at Estoril, down the start/finish straight, were were just getting murdered by Dovi. He hasn't got a different spec engine, I'm not implying that, but we need to look at why."