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Crutchlow: “I lost so many places at the second corner”

Crutchlow: “I lost so many places at the second corner”

A lack of brakes at Turn 2 saw Crutchlow floundering at the start of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Starting from fourth, Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) lined up on the second row of the grid for the fifth time this year. It was a dramatic start to the race for Crutchlow, the Brit grabbing his brakes at Turn 2 but unable to stop. The carbon brakes used on MotoGP™ machines require a high amount of heat to operate, some riders and teams will run carbon covers to retain heat. Crutchlow’s brakes had cooled on the grid and meant he was unable to stop at the tight Turn 2, forced to run wide and dropping down the order.

Crutchlow fought hard to recover but the layout of Indianapolis makes it difficult to overtake other riders, the Honda rider eventually able to finish eighth. Attention now turns to the Czech Republic for the next round of the MotoGP™ World Championship. The Brno circuit saw Crutchlow take his debut MotoGP™ podium in 2012 and pole position in 2013, but since 2012 he has been unable to finish in the points at the Czech GP.

Cal Crutchlow: “I’m disappointed with today’s race result. The race itself wasn’t too bad, I just had a very bad start. I lost so many places at the second corner, because when I grabbed the brake lever there wasn’t enough heat in the brakes to stop. It didn’t bite, so I ran wide and it lost me seven places or so. This track is really difficult to regain time and regain positions, but of course I did my best to recover. More than anything we needed to finish the race, and we achieved that but the setting wasn’t perfect for me today. We go to Brno now and we have to regroup and hope for a better race there.”


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