For sure MotoGP will miss Cal Crutchlow a lot. Not only for his talent, but also for his character, so 'old school' and far from politically correct. If the Brit has entered the hearts of so many fans it is also because of his sincerity, something that he has never abandoned throughout his entire career, and which is still present even though he has finished his days as a rider to become a test rider for Yamaha.
Cal has been giving an interview to crash.net where he talked about his way of being a rider: "I say what I say because it's what I believe," Crutchlow explained. "Whether it's right or wrong to say it, is hard to know! But I'm not going to lie about things.”
This is the main reason why Crutchlow appeals to fans and journalists alike.
"I’ve always had a good relationship with the media, but in general at the end of the day I think people respected me for it because I'm different. I'm different to the robots that all give the corporate image and the corporate answers that the manufacturers want. I think it's worked well for me over the years and it's worked well for my sponsors as well.”
The Brit is certainly one rider who cannot be accused of standing on a pedestal…
“People look at us as heroes or something, that we're actually not,” he explained. “We're just good at our job. Like other people are good at their jobs. I think that's why I've had a good connection with people that are not involved in racing as well, because at the end of the day they are no different to me. Whereas, as we know, a lot of riders think they are above others because they are in a privileged position.”
Cal chose to put an end to his days as a rider, mostly to be close to his daughter Willow.
"My main thing is that I want to take Willow to school. I've already tried to plan with Yamaha that I'm not testing when she goes to school for the first time," he revealed.
Crutchlow has no regrets about deciding to hang up his helmet…
"What I won't miss, and why I took my decision, was things like the travelling and the political nature of racing. I've dealt with it for a long time, I think I've done a good job managing it as best as possible, but you can't manage what goes on between the manufacturers, the rules etc. I won't miss that part of it. But maybe I just don’t like to stick to the rules!”
Cal also named the riders who he believes will be his heirs...
"I'm passing the baton to Jack (Miller) on the straight-talking side and to Sammy (Lowes) on the hard (riding when injured) side,” he concluded.