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Once again Cal Crutchlow is left frustrated on the opening day of practice, this time at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow endured a frustrating opening day in Motegi, finishing down in 11th on combined times. Technical problems hampered the Honda rider’s progress in the morning session, having a knock on effect into the afternoon. Much of the work that should have been done in FP1 was pushed back to FP2 and upset the entire workflow of the weekend. These problems were made worse when Crutchlow encountered a problem with his rear tyre on the final run.
Even with the plethora of issues, Crutchlow and the LCR Honda team have a clear plan of attack for Saturday, focusing primarily on braking stability. The braking zones, which are numerous at Motegi, offer a great opportunity to gain time. More than just braking stability, Crutchlow is also out to improve mid corner grip. The list of need improvements is substantial, but it is at least clear.
Cal Crutchlow: “I’m not too pleased with today, but hopefully we will go better tomorrow. We had some problems with the bike in this morning’s session so we lost quite a few laps and this afternoon we were only able to do the work we needed to do in the morning session. As a result my position is not the best at the moment. I also had some problems with the rear tyre in my last run, but I’m looking forward to seeing whether we can improve tomorrow in a lot of areas as I’m confident we can. We need to gain time in some of the braking zones and also in the middle of the corner with the rear grip. But the team will be working hard tonight as always and hopefully I will be able to push harder tomorrow.”
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