Crutchlow pleased but had wished for podium

Crutchlow pleased but had wished for podium
Sunday, 5 May 2013

Cal Crutchlow picked up 11 points for fifth position in Sunday’s Gran Premio bwin de España, leaving Jerez satisfied despite having headed into the weekend with aspirations for a podium finish.

Crutchlow was able to look on the bright side following the race, not least as he had escaped two sizeable accidents in final free practice and qualifying on Saturday.

“It wasn’t the best preparation, with two crashes yesterday, but I was happy enough,” the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider told motogp.com. “I rode in the morning Warm-Up and felt we could probably challenge a lot better than what we did in the race, but the race was a race of finishing and making sure we scored points.

“Looking back, last year I probably would have crashed when the setup was not perfect. With the heat, the Yamaha was really struggled – also Jorge (Lorenzo) and Valentino (Rossi) – and I lost a bit of time behind Alvaro (Bautista).

“Otherwise, I’m happy. It’s not what we wanted because we probably wanted to come away from here with a podium, but we had a bad day yesterday and I had a few big moments with the front and so I just decided to ride the bike home. It actually got better towards the end of the race, so we can take some positives from that, but we need to work in one area and hopefully Yamaha will be able to help us do that.”

Three races down, Coventry-born Crutchlow sits fifth in the Riders’ Championship, with a total of 35 points which is 26 in arrears of leader Marc Marquez.

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