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Please can we have a bike for our museum? YOUNG FAN'S LETTER TO CITY RACE HERO CRUTCHLOW.

Byline: Tina Junday NEWS REPORTER

ONE of Cal Crutchlow's youngest fans has written to him asking if he could donate one of his bikes to the Coventry Transport Museum.

Zak Whitmarsh, aged six, was disappointed there were no bikes ridden from MOTOGP - the Grand Prix of motorcycle racing.

He decided to write to his favourite rider, Coventry Kid and motorcyclist champion Cal Crutchlow, who competed in the MOTOGP World Championship in Qatar last week.

The Keresley Newland pupil asked if Cal could provide one of the bikes to put on display at the Transport Museum.

He was just three when he became interested in the sport and has followed Cal's career watching him compete on the race track.

The young fan has even named his budgie after his racing hero.

In the letter Zak, of Keresley End, wrote: "Can we have one of your MoTOGP bikes please? "I would like to look at it in the Coventry Transport Museum. I go there when it's school holidays.

"I watch you any time you're on MOTOGP, and I have two DVDs as well, MOTOGP 2011 and 2012.

"I'm going to see you at Silverstone for the British race, and I've got a budgie called Cal."

Cal, the Tech 3 Yahama rider, won the World Supersport Championship in 2009 on his Yamaha YZF-R6.

The 27-year-old former Stoke Park pupil first rode a bike at the age of two and made his competitive debut when he was just 12.

Just four days after his 16th birthday he clinched the Aprilia 125 Challenge and a record that included 17 podium finishes and seven wins.

Zak's mum Linder, a teaching assistant, aged 33, said: "I've watched motorcycle racing on TV for a while now and Zak has picked up on it. He watches it every Sunday.

"He follows it like most follow football.

It's incredible really.

CHAMP: Cal Crutchlow "By the age of three he recognised the riders from the colours and numbers, and he's a big fan of Cal because he's from Coventry. He visits the transport museum at least four times a year w it h my brother and his son, especially when there is a new exhibition on.

"It was only recently when he saw all the motorcycles and wished there was a MOTOGP one. We're not expecting Cal to get back to us straight away - he must be very busy preparing for races every few weeks but it would be a dream come true for Zak if he did.

"Zak is obsessed with bikes - he already wants a motorbike but I've had to say no. There is still plenty of time for that when he's older!" The museum confirmed they passed on his letter to Cal's dad, who was in Qatar during the championships, and are now waiting to hear back from him.

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CHAMP: Cal Crutchlow

MOTORBIKE MAD: Cal Crutchlow fan Zak Whitmarsh, aged six, at Coventry Transport Museum Picture: Joe Bailey

IN ACTION: Cal Crutchlow
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 15, 2013
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