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Crutchlow: “I should have come in”

Crutchlow: “I should have come in”

A miscalculation about when to swap bikes costs Cal Crutchlow a chance to challenge for the podium at the San Marino GP.

Changeable weather conditions saw most MotoGP™ World Championship riders pit twice for tyre changes, choosing when to come in proved to be a deciding factor in Sunday’s Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. The race looked to be going well for LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow who found himself in third on the eighth lap, but the rain began to fall and the conditions swung between wet and dry. As the field went into a frenzy, Crutchlow attempted to stay out as long as he could but this would prove a critical mistake.

The last stage of the race saw the Brit struggle in the dry with used tyres, only able to muster an 11th place finish. A disappointing result Crutchlow who was hoping for more dry track time to make another step forward with bike setting. A podium in Argentina is a high point on what has otherwise been a difficult debut season for Crutchlow on the RC213V, who currently sits tenth overall in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings. Ninth still looks to be in reach for the Honda rider as Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) is just two points ahead.

Cal Crutchlow: “Obviously it was a really strange race today, I should have come in (to change bikes) at a different time, it was a complete lottery who was going to finish where in the race. I had a great pace in the rain as always and not too bad pace in the dry, but at the end I was on a used tyre so I didn’t have the best grip for the last ten laps. At that time we were already a little bit too far back to challenge.” 

“I’m disappointed for sure with the result because I feel we could have made a really good race, also because if it had been a completely dry race I thought we had made an important step forward with the bike.”


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