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Crutchlow: “It’s not so bad"

Crutchlow: “It’s not so bad'

Mixed emotions for Cal Crutchlow as he prepares to start the Motul Grand Prix of Japan from eighth.

It was a less than ideal build up to the Q2 shootout for Cal Crutchlow who ended the red flagged FP4 session down in a disastrous 17th position. The LCR Honda rider was able to improve his lap time by over 1.5 seconds just over 20 minutes later in Q2, setting a 1’44.932 to secure eighth on the grid for Sunday’s race. This time is 0.040s slower than his Q2 lap from 2014 on the factory Ducati, but is several hundredths faster than Stefan Bradl’s time on the LCR Honda from the same year. During his final run it appear there were some issues with Cruthclow’s rear tyre, stopping him from producing a strong final lap. Despite the constant set backs and hardships he and his team remain positive for Sunday’s race and are aiming for a strong result at Honda’s home race.

Cal Crutchlow: “It was a difficult day today, but it’s not so bad to be starting from the third row of the grid. My lap time improved considerably over the course of the day, and then I made a couple of small mistakes on my fast lap. I hoped that I could get it right second time round, but I had the feeling that the rear tyre wasn’t working properly on the last run. Still, we need to be positive about Sunday’s race because I think we can get a good result.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Q2, Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda

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