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Crutchlow: “It was a disappointing day”

Crutchlow: “It was a disappointing day”

Cal Crutchlow cannot hide his disappointment as he struggled with a bicep injury to qualify in tenth for the Czech GP.

The British rider came through a tough day of qualifying at Brno today to set up a fourth row start for Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix. The CWM LCR Honda rider was forced to take part in the first qualifying session, with the softer tyre available to the Open class riders offering a huge advantage at the undulating Czech track, after the Brit finished Free Practice in 13th overall and outside the positions to pass straight into Q2.

Despite being up against several big rivals, the Isle of Man-based 29 year-old gritted his teeth to squeeze through into Q2, eventually setting the tenth-fastest time of the session, and sealing himself a spot on row four for what should be a thrilling 22-lap race. 

Cal Crutchlow: It was a disappointing day today, qualifying tenth at a circuit that’s been kind to me in the past is not good. I honestly think that our race pace is better than tenth, so I’m not too concerned. I’ve had some problems with the tendon in my bicep today. I had it yesterday, but thought it might subside by today but it’s got a lot worse. It makes the morning session difficult, but in the afternoon I seem to have fewer problems. I’m still looking forward to the race tomorrow, but I still think we need to improve the bike. We can see that our bike is moving around a lot for no apparent reason, so I think we maybe went in the wrong direction a little with the setting. We’ll work on some changes with the crew tonight.”


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