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Contrasting feelings for Crutchlow and Smith

Contrasting feelings for Crutchlow and Smith

Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith experienced contrasting emotions as the bwin Grand Prix České republiky weekend began on Friday.

Crutchlow achieved his first ever MotoGP™ podium finish at Brno last year, but on Friday was unable to fully get to grips with his Monster Yamaha Tech3 machine.

"It wasn’t an easy first day here but the positive point is that I was very consistent and the lap times between the top six are very close," the Coventry-born rider began. "The overall lap time is not the best but I am able to lap in the 56s consistently and that is encouraging for the rest of the weekend.

"We need to improve the bike, so I am hoping it stays dry tomorrow and we can try the modifications we need to improve. I can’t turn the bike well and I am also struggling a little bit for rear grip."

On the other hand, teammate Bradley Smith was highly encouraged as he experienced positive responses while experimenting with different front fork settings.

"Today was a positive start to the weekend, although I encountered a couple of small issues with the front end," Smith began.

"I need to get some more grip to allow me to carry more corner speed but I am happy because I was able to make a big step in the second session. This is a track that the Yamaha really likes and I am enjoying riding the YZR-M1 here, so if I can get some more confidence with the front I am sure I can be even stronger."

On paper, Crutchlow and Smith ended the opening day of the race weekend in sixth and seventh positions, respectively three and eight tenths off the leading time.

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