Lack of grip the issue for Crutchlow

Lack of grip the issue for Crutchlow
Friday, 19 July 2013

Cal Crutchlow finished fifth as practice came to a close at Laguna Seca on Friday afternoon. After the Englishman set the pace in the morning, he struggled for adhesion and ended the day four tenths of a second off the leading pace.

Crutchlow heads to California off the back of four podium finishes from five races. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider now aims to complete the first half of his third MotoGP™ season in positive fashion, at the shortest track on the calendar.

"I was happy to be fastest this morning although I knew the conditions were not ideal and that the lap times would be faster in the second session," Crutchlow began. "Unfortunately, I didn’t make the step I was looking for and the issues are in the first and third sectors. I am fastest in the second and fourth splits, so if we can improve the weak points I am confident I can be much closer to the front.

"The problem is stopping the bike and I don’t have much grip, but at least in Turn 2 and Turn 4 I am very strong. The good thing is I know where we need to improve and I am sure that my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew will give me an improved package tomorrow and I am confident I will be battling for the front row again in qualifying."

Furthermore, Crutchlow was taken aback by Friday’s quickest rider.

We know we can improve but today’s performance was very impressive from Marc (Marquez, Repsol Honda Team)," he began to sum up. "He has come here and been fastest after a couple of hours, so hopefully we can get closer to him."

Crutchlow’s British teammate and compatriot Bradley Smith ended Day 1 in tenth position, declaring his performance ‘a good start’ on what was a MotoGP™ debut at the track.

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