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Crutchlow qualifies well whilst crash hinders Dovizioso

Crutchlow qualifies well whilst crash hinders Dovizioso

Cal Crutchlow managed to put in a good qualifying run as he powered to a row two grid position at MotorLand Aragon.

After finishing both of Saturday’s free practice sessions in ninth place, the British rider was able to advance directly into Q2, and on his second run he set a time of 1’47.897 to earn him fifth place and a row two start on the grid.

There was some disappointment however for Andrea Dovizioso, who had ended the final free practice session in second place behind Marc Marquez and who had been expecting to run well in qualifying.

The Italian was quickest at the first split on his fast lap, but then crashed out a few corners later and had to settle for ninth, with a time of 1’48.542 that he set on his first run. Dovizioso will start tomorrow’s race from row three.

Crutchlow said, “Obviously I’m more pleased with today’s result than over the other weekends. We managed to qualify on the second row, which is the best result since Assen for me. Hopefully we can get away with the other guys tomorrow and have a better race. I think we deserve it, because it was a fantastic job by the team today in the qualifying session for me to be so fast, but we still have to work a lot on the race pace and the set-up. It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow, because the tyres drop a lot, but I’ll try my best to get a strong top 10 finish.”

Dovizioso added, “It was a real pity, because in FP4 we had good pace, and I think I can say now that we are a lot closer to the top guys also for race pace. I was sure I could do a good qualifying session but I lost the front at turn 8 in a rather strange crash. I don’t think I did anything wrong: it was my mistake but I don’t think I exaggerated that much, maybe we’re a bit too close to the limit at the front. We’ve got to work to improve this tomorrow because otherwise in the race I won’t be able to push that hard. Today however we did a good job and we’ve got good race pace.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Ducati Team

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