Crutchlow defends Honda boss Puig's outspoken style

Cal Crutchlow believes Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig’s outspoken nature is an attempt to “force our hand” and “make us react” to what Marc Marquez is doing.

Crutchlow defends Honda boss Puig's outspoken style

Ex-500cc rider Puig recently criticised Jorge Lorenzo for lacking “courage and willingness” amid his woeful debut year aboard the Honda, in which he is yet to register a top 10 result and has consistently been the slowest of the four Honda riders on the grid.

Lorenzo refuted these claims, pointing to the number of crashes he has had this year as proof he is pushing.

When asked for his opinion on how Puig operates, LCR rider Crutchlow said: “I don’t think he’s overdoing it [with his comments].

“If you know Alberto as a character or as a person, he’s a fighter. So, he loves what Marc is doing because he’s an animal.

“I don’t think his comments [about Lorenzo] are out of context at all, because he wants to force our hand and make us react to what Marc is doing. Sometimes it can be done, sometimes it can’t. He know the reality also.”

Read Also:

He added: “You’re not fast enough if you can’t beat the other guy. So I agree with his comments.

“But he is also clever enough to know there’s nobody else in the paddock that could probably do what I’m doing, to an extent, or be in that gap [to Marquez].

“I have to tell you, he’s a really, really good boss. He listens, he tries to help us with the requests. He’s good for Marc, he’s good for me. I think he works very will with Honda also.”

Crutchlow concedes Puig can be critical, but says “it’s his job to be” and believes he is “normally very correct” in his assessments.

“Depends who can take it and who can’t,” he replied when asked if Puig can be too abrasive. “If he tells you to get a move on, you get a move on. If he tells you to chill out, you chill out.

“I think he’s got enough experience to know the situation of racing and I think that’s one of the reasons why he’s a great manager.

“He tells you the right things and normally he’s very correct in what he says about how the race will go. He has to be critical, it’s his job to be as well.

“The thing is with Alberto, he calls a spade a spade, but, so do I. So, it works very well. So does Marc. I don’t think he comes across as a tough guy… he says the right things.

“He also tells Marc if he’s made a mistake or if he thinks he could have won. If he finishes second and he thinks he could have won, he will tell him, I tell you now.

“But it’s a bit easier for Marc because he’s winning races.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda Team Team Principal

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda Team Team Principal

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

shares
comments
Pedrosa "so much better" than KTM expected

Previous article

Pedrosa "so much better" than KTM expected

Next article

Smith hopes Espargaro can "hold on" at Aprilia

Smith hopes Espargaro can "hold on" at Aprilia
Load comments
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Prime

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the track's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021
The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP Prime

The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP

The headlines after MotoGP's Austrian GP were naturally dominated by Brad Binder's heroics on slicks in the rain. But although seventh was, on the face of it, a fairly average result in the context of his season, that Fabio Quartararo was in contention for victory before the rain at Yamaha's worst venue should sound alarm bells for his rivals

MotoGP
Aug 17, 2021
Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales - but won't fix his big problem Prime

Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales - but won't fix his big problem

The prelude to Maverick Vinales' move to Aprilia has been his tortured exit from Yamaha. But the Spanish rider must put allegations of sabotage, suspensions and unwanted personnel changes aside once he embarks upon his new journey, while Aprilia must find a way to get Vinales firing on all cylinders once again

MotoGP
Aug 16, 2021
The MotoGP rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for 2022 Prime

The MotoGP rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for 2022

The final pieces of the 2022 MotoGP rider market have yet to be finalised as Petronas SRT Yamaha faces several obstacles in replacing Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli. SRT’s preferred option has been locked into a KTM deal he doesn’t want, while its other target is managed by Rossi himself and wanted at his VR46 team.

MotoGP
Aug 10, 2021