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Crutchlow fourth despite missing test in Austin

Crutchlow fourth despite missing test in Austin

Cal Crutchlow was highly pleased to have come home fourth in Sunday’s first ever Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, who had started the race in the same position, had not tested at Circuit of the Americas beforehand.

A month ago, Yamaha Factory Racing joined Repsol Honda Team and LCR Honda MotoGP in a three-day test session at the Texan venue. For this season, Crutchlow had aimed only for a top six finish in Sunday’s 21-lap encounter.

“I’m very pleased and we did a better job than any of us expected before we arrived in Texas,” he started. “With no testing here, I was worried that it would be more of a struggle - and the fire in the garage on Wednesday (night) meant we couldn’t do any of our normal preparation work.

“So to finish fourth and be behind Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo is a great achievement for all of us and I want to say a massive thanks to my crew. We qualified well and I rode very well in the race - and the most pleasing aspect was my consistency. Unfortunately I ran wide while trying to pass Bradl, but I managed to fight my way back through and I was running the same speed as Lorenzo for a long time and that gives me a lot of confidence to take into the next few races.

“I’m giving it my all, I’ll never give up and I think this weekend we again showed how competitive the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 package is. Now we go to Jerez and I was quickest at the winter test a few weeks ago, so it is going to be another big battle that I’m excited about.”

Teammate Bradley Smith – a newcomer in the 2013 field – finished the event in 12th position, marking the first time he had seen the chequered flag in MotoGP™.

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