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Cal Crutchlow takes laid-back route to being the best since Barry Sheene | Richard Williams

Read more On a chaotic day, when a drying track provoked a pre-start episode of chaos throughout the field over the choice of tyres, and which featured a performance of startling immaturity from the reigning world champion, Crutchlow was the one who kept his head. It was he who best assessed the changing nature of the asphalt/rubber interface throughout the 24 laps and who took his victory, after a fierce four-way fight, with cool panache. He is 32 and did not achieve promotion to the top tier until he was 25. Contrast that with the most famous rider on the current grid, the seven-times champion Valentino Rossi, who was 21 when he graduated, or Marc Márquez, the champion, who was 20 when...
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