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CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was the top satellite rider in Qatar, after finishing the race in 7th.
Cal Crutchlow was forced to start from 12th on the grid after a qualifying crash yesterday, but after a solid start the Briton gradually began to pick up the pace, and pick off the riders in front of him.
He was suffering with rear grip issues, which hindered his attempts to stick with the likes of factory Honda duo Marquez and Pedrosa, but despite that, he came home as the top satellite rider across the line in seventh place, with six factory bikes ahead.
“I think to come away with a seventh place we can be very happy. It was a good start to the season considering I don't have any experience racing the Honda. The guys I was battling with have been riding a factory Honda for a lot longer than me, and we all saw that they struggled too. Being just over a second behind Dani Pedrosa and five behind Marc Marquez shows that we were all struggling for rear grip tonight in Qatar.”
“I think this was about our pace for the weekend anyway, and I made it hard for myself with some mistakes early on in the race, but my pace was consistently good. If I had have got away with the guys in front I could possibly have been around fourth or fifth.”
“For Austin we have to improve, take our comments from this race and see what we can achieve there. It’s going to be difficult to challenge the guys at the front there, but it’s a learning curve for us. I don’t think we’ve done a bad job at all, and we come away happy.”
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