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Crutchlow: “I thought again I was one of the strongest”

Crutchlow: “I thought again I was one of the strongest”

Cal Crutchlow wins an all-British battle to finish as the top satellite rider at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

A difficult start to the Japanese GP saw Cal Crutchlow shuffled down the order as he found his rhythm, but soon the LCR Honda rider began to cut through the pack. The race culminated in a great battle between Crutchlow and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) as the pair fought for the joint honour of top Brit and top satellite rider. It all came down to the last lap when Crutchlow made an incredible move in the closing corners to close a gap of almost half a second on Smith, taking him right at the close. Sixth is Crutchlow’s best result since he was sixth in Assen.

The 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship hasn’t gone to plan for Crutchlow in many respects, but recent rounds have seen a change in fortune and results for the Brit. His aim is to of course continue this form into the final three rounds. Phillip Island was the sight of Crutchlow’s second MotoGP™ podium and he started second there last year when riding the Ducati. With 98 world championship points it will be difficult for Crutchlow to advance higher than eighth in standings as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) sits seventh with 150 points.

Cal Crutchlow: “We are pleased with the result to finish in the top six today. I am a little disappointed as I thought again I was one of the strongest guys in the rain today, but I had a bad first couple of laps because the rear tyre failed to heat. After that I came on strong and felt really good and made up some places. By the time I had pushed, the front tyre was completely destroyed and I finished the race with a tyre that looked like a slick! I tried my best and we did a good job as a team today, we made sure we finished and got some good points heading into the next race in Australia.”

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

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