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Crutchlow: “I went quicker here during the tests”

Crutchlow: “I went quicker here during the tests”

Ever improving, Cal Crutchlow secures a fighting fifth on the grid for the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

It was another impressive Q2 performance from Cal Crutchlow, ending the day just over a second behind pole man Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). The weekend got off to a rocky start for the LCR Honda rider with a heavy crash on Friday, but in classic Crutchlow style he bounced back and went even faster after falling. Qualifying as the top satellite rider, Crutchlow still feels there is room to improve, as he was faster at Sepang during the winter test when grip was better. Sunday’s race will be a gruelling affair with high temperatures and crushing humidity, but Crutchlow is prepared to fight through.

Rear grip continues to be an issue for the Honda rider, especially on corner exit and entry. The issue isn’t helped by the high temperatures seen at the Malaysian GP and all of the LCR Honda team continue to work hard in order to find a solution. Even with the issue Crutchlow is confident of another strong race as he had in Phillip Island.

Cal Crutchlow: “We are happy with our position for tomorrow’s race. I still believe I could have done a better lap-time as I went quicker here during the tests at the start of the year, but we know the conditions are very different now so overall, to be on the second row, we are pleased. We now have to work hard ahead of tomorrow’s race and look at the areas we can improve. We need to work on rear grip during corner entry and corner exit, but I feel positive ahead of the race.”


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