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23 days ago
By motogp.com

Crutchlow endures tough race for solid spot in the points

Although the Sachsenring disappointed the English rider given a top qualifying position, man and machine remain defiant

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow suffered through a frustrating race at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, and had to settle for tenth on Sunday. The Briton had high hopes heading into the race having qualified on the second row, but saw his possibilities of contending for the podium ended by a lack of front grip.

Starting from fourth on the grid at the Sachsenring, Crutchlow was struck down by the issue with his front tyre early on, and it left him having to manage the situation rather than pushing to get away with the lead group.

Cal Crutchlow, P10: "I am quite disappointed and I’m glad it’s over. We had a front tyre grip issue, the team is investigating the problem but what we know so far is that the front tyre pressure went too high after few laps. I had to slow down, I had to ride alone if I wanted to finish the race. I nearly went down two or three times on those first laps, but I managed to pass Valentino (Rossi) and if I could have stayed ahead I’m confident I could have ridden to my own rhythm. But I finished tenth and we are looking forward to the next race."

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