Cal Crutchlow: I've never witnessed Yamaha working so hard

USA: Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow recently confirmed that the company is working harder than ever to prepare for the 2023 season, when it will offer only two bikes.

The year for the Japanese factory was little more than Fabio Quartararo's valiant effort to win the championship and all other Yamaha riders, starting with Franco Morbidelli and ending with disappointing campaigns from Andrea Dovizioso or Darin Binder.

In a recent interview with, Brit assured readers that Yamaha engineers and technicians in Japan are currently busy:

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He has never worked as hard as he has. And not only this year, but the year before that as well, as we've put in a lot of effort and testing. I completed 100 laps of test bike at Honda and raced on the weekend. From Yamaha's perspective, the stakes went up, and it's great to be able to see that.

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Ahead of the final race in Valencia at the end of this year's season, the Briton spoke with Fabio Quartararo.

Two days before my test in Jerez, before the GP at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo, I spoke to Fabio and told him the areas we are focusing on.

Whether it works or not, at least they're bringing something in, he said. And it is true that they are eager to test new components. They are working incredibly hard, which is always a good sign. I then have to evaluate whether they are effective or not.

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