Two crashes but fourth place for Crutchlow

Two crashes but fourth place for Crutchlow
Saturday, 4 May 2013

An eventful day eventually ended with fourth place on the grid for Cal Crutchlow ahead of Sunday’s Gran Premio bwin de España.

Before qualifying had even started in Jerez, the Coventry rider suffered a fall in the final free practice session. He then had an accident at higher speed at the newly-named Jorge Lorenzo corner which leads onto the start/finish straight. Having bounced over the gravel trap, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider rejoined the session with scuffed leathers to qualify fourth.

Seen from OnBoard cameras to be holding the left-hand side of his back once qualifying had ended, Crutchlow was taken to the circuit Medical Centre where results of ‘OK’ were given for pelvic and lumbar x-rays. An ultrasound was carried out on his left kidney in relation to the pain he was suffering, with the result also being declared as ‘OK’ before a second ultrasound took place later in the evening.

“It has been a very difficult day for obvious reasons,” he said, eventually being able to speak to the press some three and a half hours after qualifying finished.

“The two crashes were very big but the second one was particularly hard because it was very fast. The first crash: the temperature was quite a lot different from the morning and I just got caught out and it was my own mistake. In the second crash, some people felt there was something on the track but I don't think that was the case, to be honest. I made a mistake in the braking and, rather than going straight, the front brake level locked into my hand.

“That was a really big crash and I'm proud that I got back to the garage and went back out to try and go faster. It seems in the warmer conditions that it is quite difficult, but I am not the only one feeling this. I'm looking forward to the race and we will make some changes with the bike to try and improve the front feeling in the hot conditions.

“It seems everybody is struggling and it is not like me to have two crashes in one day. I'm a bit battered and bruised but it won't stop me from giving it 100% in tomorrow's race.”

Last year in Jerez, Crutchlow delivered an impressive performance to finish fourth as he chased Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa to the finish line.

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