Crutchlow celebrating first ever pole

Crutchlow reaction first pole
Friday, 28 June 2013

Cal Crutchlow has become the first British MotoGP™ pole-sitter since Jeremy McWilliams at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix.

Clinching the top spot at the end of a drama-filled qualifying session for the Iveco TT Assen, Crutchlow was delighted with the result but admitted that he would have preferred for World Champion Jorge Lorenzo to be on-track; the Yamaha Factory Racing rider missed qualifying after breaking his collarbone on Thursday.

“It’s good,” Crutchlow declared. “I’m obviously pleased with the qualifying position but, for me, it’s not a true pole. Jorge wasn’t here and I would have liked to have a sort of dogfight with him. Hopefully we will be able to do that when he returns - and maybe for a race win later in the year. I’m pleased, we did a good job.

“We were really struggling this weekend and I wasn’t at all happy in Free Practice 4. If we can make the bike a little calmer and more towards our setting, there’s no reason why we couldn’t be able to be faster again. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow, congratulations to the guys on the front row and we’ll see what we can do.”

Crutchlow is yet to finish outside the top five in 2013, with the exception of the Barcelona in which he crashed. He was on the podium at both Le Mans and Mugello.

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