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Crutchlow: “I don't think he meant to do it”

Crutchlow: “I don't think he meant to do it”

A disappointing end to the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya for Britain’s Cal Crutchlow.

It was yet another DNF for CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, his third in a row. A touch on the opening lap sent Crutchlow into the gravel but the fiery Brit remounted, attempting to continue the race. Unfortunately the rear brake of his Honda was damaged, eventually forcing him into the pits and to retire from the race.

Crutchlow’s pace during practice would have seen him near Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), possibly allowing him to battle for the podium. Instead it was an upsetting result, although Crutchlow himself deemed it a racing incident.

Cal Crutchlow: ““I got hit by Aleix (Espargaro), and when he hit me I had already fallen off the side of the bike because he touched me when we were going into the corner. It was definitely a racing incident, I don't think he meant to do it, he just gave me a bump and I ended up crashing. He pushed me wide onto the dirty part of the track and it was impossible to save.”

“When I got back on board I didn’t have any rear brake, the bump had split the line and that’s why I was forced to retire. With the Honda it’s impossible to carry on without the rear brake. I’m angry, because it was the first lap of the race and disappointed about the result because I am sure that we had a chance of the podium.”


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