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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