Crutchlow starts off weekend on positive note

Crutchlow starts off weekend on positive note
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Cal Crutchlow is determined to make amends at Assen after his first retirement of the 2013 MotoGP™ season in Barcelona. Following the opening pair of practice sessions, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider has been encouraged by performances in both dry and wet conditions.

His crash at the Circuit de Catalunya meant the Englishman had brought an end to all-top five finishes so far this year, including two podiums at Le Mans and Mugello. On Thursday, spirits were lifted following an upbeat start to his on-track programme.

"I am really happy with today," Crutchlow began. "I was second in the dry this morning, although I need to improve my pace in the first sector because the gap to Lorenzo in that section was pretty big. The gap of everybody else was pretty big, to be fair, and Jorge was doing an amazing job. It’s a huge shame that he got injured in FP2 and I wish him a speedy recovery because the championship is not the same with him not in it.

"In the rain this afternoon I was very comfortable and I am one of the fastest on-track. Before the end of the session I didn’t want to take any risks, so I came into the pits and lost a few places. Had I stayed out I am sure I could have been in the top three again, but I am happy enough with my performance in both conditions."

Last year at Assen, Crutchlow fought back through the field to fifth position after being baulked by the first corner crash involving Alvaro Bautista and Jorge Lorenzo.

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