Usually, when we hear talk of doping, the word is generally being linked to specialisms such as cycling, a sport that has made the headlines with a series of scandals over the years. But the jump from two wheels without an engine to two wheels with an engine is shorter than we could have imagined.
Cal Crutchlow raises the alarm, in an interview carried out in the last few days with crash.net. The British rider is a good friend of Mark Cavendish, who has also spoken up on this subject in the past.
The LCR rider gets straight to the point, stating: “If you think that there are people here who aren't trying to cut corners, you're stupid". It is for this reason that the Brit is asking for more checks during the course of the season. "The testing system is just shit. How can you select randomly three riders into a testing pool? It means that some riders get tested more than others. I was tested once out of the whole 365 days for example."
In cycling, to simplify the management of checks, the ADAMS system has been introduced, allowing for athletes to be checked and easily reached outside of competitions. There are those who ask why MotoGP does not go down the same route: "I'll tell you what the problem is, they're all lazy bastards, and they don't want the hassle of logging in every day."
"A select amount of riders kept their mouths shut. But some of the guys in this paddock are paid millions. We're the premier division of motorcycling, they can find a system."
The Brit is angry: “ I really don't understand if they're clean, why they don't put their balls on the table and say, 'test me at any time?'"
In conclusion, Cal has this to say: “We're not allowed needles. I know for a fact there are needles here. You could be taking diuretics to shed weight, because you're lazy and you don't want to put in the amount of hours that someone else does. I hope it changes and soon."