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Crutchlow notches up third podium of 2013

Crutchlow notches up third podium of 2013

The Iveco TT Assen saw Cal Crutchlow achieving his third podium result in four races, coming from his maiden pole position in MotoGP™.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider lost ground in the opening stages of the race, but was still delighted to come back and overhaul Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa. He also caught Marc Marquez on the last lap but there was contact between the two bikes; Crutchlow recovered and would cross the finish line third.

“I think we touched, but I said to Marc that I wanted him to see after the race what Dani sees on TV,” Crutchlow joked after the race, referring to the late-race touch between the Honda teammate last time out in Barcelona.

“It was a difficult race again, but we are still in the same position: too little, too late. I felt we had the potential to challenge Valentino (Rossi, winner) at the front today but I started too slow again and the first five laps I was wide in all the corners, but I’m very happy. We’ve had three podiums this early on in the season, it’s good for the championship and we are making good steps this year.

“I’m pleased for the Monster Energy Tech 3 team; we have done a good job again and we are on the podium. I took my first pole position this weekend and a podium, so I’m happy enough with this Assen race.”

Heading to the next race in Germany, Crutchlow still sits fourth in the Riders’ Championship but now only two points ahead of Saturday winner Rossi.

MotoGP, 2013, IVECO TT ASSEN, Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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