Crutchlow battles through to career-best second

Crutchlow grabs career-best second despite injury
Sunday, 19 May 2013

Cal Crutchlow seized his first podium of the MotoGP™ season in Le Mans and career-best result on Sunday, despite suffering from much pain in his right knee after a crash on Saturday. The result marked the third rostrum finish of his career so far.

On Saturday, Crutchlow fractured the top of his shin but was given the green light to race before the Grand Prix’s Warm-Up session. From fourth on the grid, he avoided the hazards of a slippery track to pass former teammate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who lost momentum exiting the final corner with only a handful of laps to go.

"I’m really, really pleased," Crutchlow said after the race. "It’s great to be up here with the Monster Energy Tech 3 Yamaha team as it’s their home race and the Monster Energy (sponsored) event, so we are pleased to be able to do it for the team.

"I had a big crash yesterday and I think it was going to be a difficult race if it was dry; I had confidence I would be there in the top five but maybe the podium would have been difficult. I was remembering what happened here last year, when I crashed out, and it was the same guys again; me, Dovvy (Dovizioso) and Vale (Valentino Rossi) were all together again at one point, so I knew I needed to make amends from last year and we finally got the podium. Marc (Marquez) was coming at the end and I was a little scared [laughs] and had to keep pushing on.

"I think we did a good job and we definitely deserve this podium. We have been fast all year and have finally managed to reach it."

Crutchlow’s previous rostrum finishes came in the Czech and Australian Grands Prix of 2012, finishing third on both occasions.

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