Crutchlow to threaten from second on grid

Crutchlow to threaten from second on grid
Saturday, 6 April 2013

Cal Crutchlow has begun his 2013 MotoGP™ in a strong way, qualifying second for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. Having been Jorge Lorenzo’s closest challenger on Saturday, the Englishman now expects a dramatic battle on Sunday.

Now in his third season of MotoGP, Crutchlow has been in the top three for much of the race weekend so far and hopes to challenge for victory tomorrow night.

“I would have preferred less time in the second qualifying session because if it had been shorter I would have been first!” the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider joked when talking with motogp.com. “Otherwise, I’m happy. I think we did a good job and the team have worked well over the weekend.

“I still think we need to find something in some areas because I’m riding a little differently to what I usually do in order to compensate. We can look at the data tonight and come back tomorrow, as we have the warm-up before the race to try again.

“Tomorrow you can expect to see a big battle, I’m sure, because there are seven riders able to challenge at the front and probably seven who are able to win. So it’s going to be a close race. Really close.”

On the Yamaha Factory Racing bike, World Champion Lorenzo has sealed his seventh pole at the Losail International Circuit but will be keeping a close eye on the Englishman behind him.

“It was difficult because Cal is a very explosive rider and can do an extremely quick lap, so I had to put in all of my talent and speed to finally make it,” the Mallorcan admitted.

Sunday’s nighttime race begins at 10pm local time (GMT +3).

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