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Crutchlow and Smith reflect on difficult day

Crutchlow and Smith reflect on difficult day

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith experienced a difficult start to proceedings at the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini.

The combined timesheets after the first day of action at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Friday saw Crutchlow and Smith in the unfamiliar territory of 10th and 14th, with much work therefore ahead of them on Saturday.

A right arm injury which Crutchlow suffered in a crash at Silverstone two weeks ago has still not completely healed and he struggled to get the best out of his YZR-M1 machinery on Friday as he ended FP2 a second off the pace.

“My right arm is not 100% after Silverstone but the main problem is I don’t have any feeling with the bike at all,” rued the man from Coventry. “We need to improve because all I can say is that today was bad and disappointing. Those in front of me can just run a much better pace and there is not one single area that is holding me back.”

“I am struggling everywhere,” he continued. “But I won’t give up and I will work hard with my crew tonight to try and find some solutions to be more competitive tomorrow.”

Likewise, rookie Smith’s first taste of the San Marino track on a MotoGP machine did not go according to plan, as the 22-year-old ended day one’s proceedings 1.8s off P1, with his work complicated by a lowside crash in the afternoon.

“Unfortunately today wasn’t very positive,” Smith admitted. “Misano is a track I like, but it is clear with the final position there is a bigger problem than just the setting. The bad feeling I had in Silverstone is the same here. The good thing is we understand what the issues are now and we know which direction we have to go in.”

“It is frustrating to have the crash but I am pushing to try and get the same feeling back that I had in Brno where I was strong,” he added.

MotoGP, 2013, GP APEROL DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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