Another top two performance for Crutchlow

Another top two performance for Crutchlow
Saturday, 13 July 2013

Cal Crutchlow will start Sunday’s eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from second position, confirming the Englishman’s third successive top two performance in Qualifying. This was despite two accidents in practice on Friday.

Having qualified second in Barcelona and on his career-first pole last time out at Assen, Crutchlow now returns to the position in the middle of the front row. He will be flanked by Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, winners in Texas and Assen respectively.

"I am really pleased to be back on the front row after all the drama of yesterday," reported the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, who on Friday twice fell at the rapid downhill Turn 11.

"They were two really big crashes in practice and my body took a bit of beating, to be honest. The first crash was completely my fault, because I made a mistake on the brakes, but the second was because the front tyre was cold.

"It was definitely my worst day of the season, so to put all that behind me and get a front row - when I am not close to my physical best - is a great achievement. When I woke up this morning I didn’t feel that great because my body took a big impact in a few places. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to ride and to just to be out there was great.

"It is going to be a very difficult race in my condition, but I will be giving it my all to get another podium. Today was a great result for my crew. I gave them plenty of work to do yesterday but they did a great job and as always I am grateful for their efforts."

Championship-wise, the Coventry-born rider (who now resides in the Isle of Man) is currently placed fourth and 49 points behind leader Dani Pedrosa. Crutchlow’s qualifying performances between Rounds 1 and 8 leave him second in the BMW M Award, closely following new leader Marquez.

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