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Crutchlow: “I nearly hit him…”

Crutchlow: “I nearly hit him…”

Cal Crutchlow will start Sunday’s race in Argentina from 4th, after he narrowly missed out on his first front row start for his new team.

The Brit went into the qualifying practice as the second fastest rider behind world champion Marc Marquez in the four free practice sessions. However, as temperatures soared at the Termas de Rio Hondo for the 15 minute shootout, Crutchlow was unfortunate to hit traffic on his fast laps, and missed out on the front row by 18 thousandths of a second.

His lap of 1’38.485 does however see him start from the head of row two in fourth place, with an identical lap time to that of former world champ Jorge Lorenzo who had been one of the riders he was forced to slow down behind. Nonetheless the 29 year-old’s second fastest lap was quicker than the Spaniard’s and as such he lines up directly behind Marquez on the grid, with real aspirations to put up a fight for the podium positions.

Cal Crutchlow:
“I made a mistake one time on my own to miss a lap, but the two other times I came up behind a slower rider. Lorenzo decided in the middle of the lap that he wanted to go fast, but then in the last sector was really slow and I nearly hit him. I lost three-tenths in that sector, which would have put me second. The next lap I pushed, I met Viñales after he slowed following his best lap so I never had enough time to get back to the flag. This is racing though, and we start from fourth. I’m disappointed because we had the pace to be in the 1‘37s, our ideal lap was easily there so we are positive because of this. Tomorrow we have a tyre choice to make, because we could possibly run the softer option, but we need to test the harder one in the morning to find out.”



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