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Cal Crutchlow ended the final day of the Qatar test in seventh despite a nasty looking crash.
Cal Crutchlow and his LCR Honda Team completed their last test before the start of the MotoGP™ World Championship proper on Friday evening, with the final day of three taking place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Testing this year has been more important than in previous years due to the changes in regulations that include a new official tyre supplier in Michelin and a standard ECU software package across the whole field.
Despite a small tumble whilst completing a race simulation, the British rider still leaves Qatar in good spirits having made decent progress in improving the front-end feeling from his factory spec Honda RC213V. Crutchlow set the seventh fastest time of the evening, and of the week, a 1’55.592 to finish 0.782s off the pace of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Crutchlow though, knows there is still room for improvement before the season begins at the same Losail track in under two weeks’ time with Free Practice on the 17th of March.
Cal Crutchlow: “Today was a better day, together with the team we worked well. The problem however was that we didn’t have enough tyres for the whole testing session, the same as a lot of the other riders. Unfortunately, that meant we were using some used tyres when we started to do our longer run and I had a front-end crash. The bike actually flipped over and landed on top of me, so I had to have some scans and check-ups afterwards. I’m in a little bit of pain, but actually overall I’m happier today than the other days, that’s for sure. I hope we can continue to work this way for the race weekend here. I need to thank the team for these three days because yesterday I think all Honda riders were a bit stuck, but we’ve started to find our way a little more. Now we’ll go away for a week’s training, before we come back here for the first race in two weeks’ time. I’m really looking forward to getting going.”
1 year ago
#JerezTest acabado con buenas sensaciones! Toca recuperarse para Qatar. Test finished with good vibes! Time to recover for Qatar.