Cal Crutchlow Interview, Part 2: On The State Of MotoGP, The Benefits Of Being A Factory Rider, And The Joys Of Family Life

In the first part of our massive Cal Crutchlow interview, the Englishman spoke at length about his 2019 season, the 2019 Honda RC213V, and competing against Marc Márquez. In the second part, he turns his attention to the championship in general, the politics of the paddock, and the unseen advantages of being a factory rider in MotoGP.

Crutchlow also talks about his personal life, the role his wife, Lucy, and daughter, Willow, play in his life, and in his racing. He talks about putting Willow on a PW50, and about how having a child didn't slow him down at all, contrary to the common paddock mantra. And he talks about the role his injury played in how he views the prospect of retirement.

You can find part one of the interview here, which you should read before embarking on part two below.

Q: What’s your view of the state of the championship? Not any particular race, but the state of MotoGP.

Cal Crutchlow: I love what Carmelo is doing with the championship. People may agree with me or disagree with me. But I was in Ducati the year that they changed the electronics to the open class. Everyone looked at us like idiots, blah, blah, blah. But what Carmelo did with that CRT thing, everyone was laughing at it. They were getting lapped at some point, etc. But that’s where we are now. In the last three to four years, how many close races have you commented on? Have the world commented on? Have we as riders said, “F*****g fantastic. Loved it.” Hated being in the battle because there’s ten guys, but it’s a spectacle, it’s a thriller. So I think in that context, I think what he’s doing with the championship is amazing. What everybody is doing - not just Carmelo. But I think in general.

Q: It seems like the manufacturers have understood as well. If we have an exciting championship, then they’re prepared to sacrifice something?

CC: You can’t believe the viewing figures that people have come to watch. The amount of credit this sport and championship is getting week in, week out. People are wanting to put money into the sport, which is not happening in a lot of sports in the world. I think that the way he runs it and the championship is run is a good way for the manufacturers, for the teams, for the satellites. Not always for the riders, because as we’ve seen if we’re talking in general context, I think that politically for a rider it’s s**t.

Q: In what way?

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Thanks for this interview

It really exemplifies why Cal is one of my favorite MEN on the grid. People say this and that about him... he talks too much shit, he thinks he's better than he is... no... he just gives 100% in every aspect of his life as best as he can, and he believes in himself. That cannot be said of most of his critics.

As a new dad the bit about him wanting to be able for his daughter almost brought me to tears. I stopped riding when my daughter was born. But I also don't ride motorcycles for a living. I respect what fathers on the grid like Cal and Dovi put on the line to provide for their families. It's not just about them.

For a guy that claims he doesn't give a s**t for the attention, he spends a lot of time at the microphone. Probably more than any rider in the paddock. I'd say he craves the attention. In any event this interview is turning out to be quite revealing about Cal. It sounds to me like he is going through a maturing phase. Maybe even questioning the future of his career. Particularly when he speaks about his injuries and the quality of life he might suffer from them. His daughter's impact on him seems quite heavy. In a good way, but powerful. Also his remarks on Jack Miller, Petrux and Dovi's employment arrangements are telling. Obviously he's still not high on Ducati even though he seems to be on pretty good terms with their racing staff. I am enjoying this interview, so thanks.

CC35 is currently the only Brit in Motogp. He will be on TV an inordinate (to his results) number of times


19 years ago I earned a pylon fracture of my left tibia/ankle from roadracing. I'm getting an ankle replacement next month. From the description of his recovery, at some point in the future Cal will be as well. I wish him the best.

Too much information mtiberio. Sounds nasty, we knew Cal's ankle injury was a bad one.

Hope your procedure goes well.

Is it time for the preview yet?

Didn't Herve Poncharal say that Cal was the most insecure rider he had ever dealt with? But also his favourite rider? I think you have to cut all of these guys a lot of slack. The combination of the attention, the pressure from inside and outside to perform, the danger and the intense physical and mental demands of the racing itself mean that they're never going to be well rounded people and highly successful racers. It's great to hear what Cal says and I do get the impression he is telling the truth as he sees it.

Everyone speaks their truth - their opinion from their perspective. When one begins to believe they are speaking the absolute Truth, then they are either delusional or God.

Many many people deliberately filter what they say or even speak complete garbage so as to project a certain image or view. None more so than those in the public eye. Your claim that everyone speaks a truth is somewhere between extremely naive and just plain wrong.

I think the sentiment was that everyone has their own perspective of reality, but with some exceptions (a can of worms not for opening here) most grounded people recognise that there are other, valid, perspectives.

To me, Cal sounds reasonably grounded, for someone who lives in a stranger bubble than most of us. At least, he sounds neither more nor less egocentric than any top tier sportsman or woman I’ve read about or listened to. It’s just that (my perspective), as is the case in all walks of life, some people are able to present themselves in a most likeable way while others aren’t. Which doesn’t count for much as both types can be equally kind, generous, compassionate, ruthless, selfish or boorish when it suits. Though the former can make you more money than the latter.

Cal says he is speaking the truth, but he is simply speaking his mind. He can be both critical and blunt. That is his personality type that he projects. Someone else may choose to keep quiet and keep their opinions to themselves. That is their personality type that they project - that is their own truth according to their personality type. If Cal spoke the Truth, then it would be True for everyone. I agree with some of the things he says, but not others. He speaks about his bluntness and criticism as if it was something special, and at the personal level we (as persons) give different weight and meaning to what each individual says. But in the bigger picture what one says is no more or less special than what anybody says. His words carry no more weight than yours or mine or David's or anybody elses. Cal says he doesn't want attention and coming up on his home GP I believe he feels strongly about this. Maybe he'd like invisible leathers. But it contradicts how he reacted to a mostly empty post race press conference after his Argentina win when most journos were off covering the Rossi/Marquez clash. He acted put out that he was not getting the attention he deserved. This is because he is expressing a different aspect of his personality then as during the interview with David. He's playing roles, he's projecting mis mind outward, he's expressing his personality - not speaking the Truth. He is showing us he doesn't like the pressure to bring good results at his home GP. Someone who chooses to not speak is playing a role or expressing their personality also. How one expresses themselves when under intense pressure shows whether or not they are able to rise above their ego.

From memory, Cal was more upset that all 3 riders on the podium didn't receive the respect due to them as riders and podium finishers from the media, not just himself as the winner. He said on more than one occasion "we put on a fantastic race" or words to that effect, not I put on a fantastic race.

I am in lcr garage this weekend and I can't wait. Better than last year I hope!!!

Call is entertainment, like him or loathe him. Good for the sport