Crutchlow searches for more front end feeling

Crutchlow searches for more front end feeling
Friday, 16 August 2013

Cal Crutchlow finished Day 1 of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in fifth position. The Englishman is now aiming for specific setup changes on Saturday morning, not least to the front end of his Yamaha M1.

On Thursday, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider grabbed all of the off-track headlines as he responded to journalists’ questions on his move to Ducati Team in 2014. 24 hours later, the focus turned very much to the on-track action.

“Overall it has been a good day because we know this is not the easiest track for Yamaha,” said Crutchlow, having finished only 48 thousandths of a second slower than Jorge Lorenzo on the leading Yamaha Factory Racing bike. “All of us are quite close but I am sure we can make some improvements for the rest of the weekend.

“We tried a few different things on the bike and we need to find some more feeling from the front end, but it is a decent start and something to build on for tomorrow.

“This morning was quite tough because the track was so slippery and the bumps seem to be much worse then when we’ve been here before; and I don’t remember the change in asphalt being so difficult, but it is the same for everybody.”

Crutchlow’s comments regarding the changes in surfaces relate to the layout of the Indianapolis MotoGP™ course, which makes use of part of the legendary oval as well as the inner road circuit which itself has tarmac of varying ages.

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