Rizoma Commercial Shows Cal Crutchlow and His MotoGP Bike

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Rizoma and LCR Honda may, apparently, belong to two worlds that don't exactly have too much in common. The first manufacturer is specialized in bolt-on aftermarket parts used to customize motorcycles and scooters, while the latter is Honda's satellite MotoGP team and could not care less about good looks, being bent on sheer performance.
Still, this is the very realm where the two meet and form a strong partnership, with Rizoma engineering and designing MotoGP-specific parts that LCR uses on their bike, with Isle of Man-native Cal Crutchlow at the helm.

The video below advertises this partnership and shows Cal riding his Rizoma-labeled LCR Honda RC213V machine, also showing off some of the parts that are actually used during the races, such as brake lever protectors, shifter pedal, footpegs, and more.

Despite looking pretty much like any other similar components riders can get from an aftermarket parts dealer, the ones that are used in the premier class are carefully developed to provide unrivaled performance under the most strenuous conditions.

Likewise, mechanical failure is one of the possibilities that must be crossed off the list. Imagine a peg breaking off during a race or after a mild crash, making it impossible for the rider to do his job; not exactly the scenario a MotoGP team would prefer, right?

Remember just how many times a rider that crashes and is uninjured will try to restart his bike and get back on the track, with his pegs and levers often in one piece. This means race-grade components that can take a beating and still work great.

Cal Crutchlow ended the 2015 MotoGP championship in a most honorable eighth position, some 37 points behind Ducati's factory rider Andrea Dovizioso and 11 points in front of Yamaha Tech 3's Pol Espargaro.

In the three IRTA pre-season tests, Crutchlow showed a better pace, finishing sixth at Sepang, third at Phillip Island, and seventh at Losail. How much he has improved we'll see this weekend, as the 2016 MotoGP championship kicks off in Qatar.

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