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Crutchlow delighted with second place result

Crutchlow delighted with second place result

Following on from his timesheet-topping Jerez test at the end of the pre-season, Cal Crutchlow finished second at Losail on Thursday. Confidence levels have now risen ahead of Sunday’s Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

With a best lap time of 1’56.743, Crutchlow’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 placed second to the Yamaha Factory Racing bike of Jorge Lorenzo. Having missed out on the top spot by the lean margin of 58 thousandths of a second, the Englishman split the two Factory entries.

“It was a very good first session on a personal level, with me finishing second, and also for Yamaha with a clean sweep of the top three,” the Coventry-born rider commented. “As is always the case on the first night in Qatar the track was quite dirty, particularly off the racing line. Even on the racing line, it was quite slippery but I am happy to be right in the mix from the start.

“We need to make some changes to the bike for tomorrow because I felt we had too much weight transfer on braking and acceleration, but I've got to be happy to finish in second and ending up in between Jorge and Valentino.

“Second place is great but I am not reading too much into it. As the track conditions improve some of the rest will get faster and it is still going to be very tough to be on the podium. I am looking forward to the race and being so competitive from the start certainly gives my confidence another lift and helps me carry on the momentum gained in testing.”

Should he win a Grand Prix in 2013, Crutchlow will become the first British winner in the top class since Barry Sheene took the chequered flag in Sweden 32 years ago.

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