Crutchlow sets wet benchmark in Le Mans warm-up

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow put in an impressive ride in the morning warm-up for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans, as he set the benchmark for what is expected to be a wet race this afternoon.

The British rider overcame a crash right at the start of the session to post a time of 1.46’095, displacing Repsol Honda Team’s current world champion Casey Stoner into second, just under a tenth down. It had seemed as if Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi was going to take third spot after showing some of his old form in the rain, yet it was Stoner’s teammate and pole-sitter Dani Pedrosa who beat the Italian to third in the final seconds.

Apart from Crutchlow, the only other crasher of the session was Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez, who lost the front on his BQR-FTR machine. After predicted rain all weekend, this was the first time the riders had experienced actual wet conditions with their bikes, giving them only a 20 minute window to find the correct wet set-up for the race.

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