Crutchlow believes tyre problem caused crash

Crutchlow believes tyre problem caused crash
Saturday, 20 July 2013

Cal Crutchlow was left baffled following a crash during final practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. On his second bike, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider went on to qualify fifth, which is his lowest qualifying result of the season so far.

Crutchlow’s first bike was put out of action in an usually low-speed incident.

“In Free Practice 4 we had a really, really funny crash for no reason,” the Englishman explained. “I left the pit lane and crashed. There was something wrong with the front tyre on the bike, but we don’t know what. We believe it was because we kept it from yesterday, but I was doing such a low speed – really low. I’m not too happy with that because we then lost the bike for the qualifying session and then, in qualifying, my (second) bike broke.”

Explaining his technical issue at the start of Q2, Crutchlow continued:

“We had a problem with a sensor on the bike, but the team did a great job to find the problem straight away. I only managed one flying lap and ended up fifth, but if it wasn’t for that problem we could have hopefully had a front row. I don’t think it’s too bad, to be able to say fifth is your worst grid position of the year in qualifying, so I’m happy enough.

“This is clearly a Honda track, we know that. You never usually see (Stefan) Bradl and (Alvaro) Bautista being able to challenge and Marc (Marquez) is incredible, with the speed he is going at on a new circuit.”

Crutchlow’s fifth place on the grid marks the first time he has missed out on a front row starting position since the Italian Grand Prix at the beginning of June.

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