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Crutchlow: “Thankfully it’s just my pride that's hurt today"

Crutchlow: “Thankfully it’s just my pride that's hurt today'

CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow crashed out of QP2, and will start the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar from the 4th row.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow went into the session as one of the surprise favourites to score a front row start, having been second-fastest after free practice. The 29 year-old looked well on the way to achieving that feat with his second attempt at a fast lap, but he slid out at the fast turn 14 right-hander.

Thankfully the Coventry-born rider was unhurt and will start the race in 12th position on the grid, having set a best lap of 1’55.123 with his first qualifying run.

Cal Crutchlow:
“Thankfully it’s just my pride that is hurt today, but obviously I’m not happy. I made a stupid mistake. The positive is that we were very fast and we had a great chance to get on the front row and my ideal time would have put us there. But hey, that’s racing! The other guys did a better qualifying and we were 12th. The race is going to be very difficult now, because I know how these guys are at the start of the race – they push so hard.  We need to come up with our strategy; whether we relax and wait to pass them later, or just hammer on from the start of the race. There’s not too much to lose, so my instinct is to try and battle hard immediately!”


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