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Crutchlow: “We still have a bit of catching up to do”

Crutchlow: “We still have a bit of catching up to do”

A new look Cal Crutchlow has a successful first day at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, ending proceedings in sixth.

Recent rounds have seen Cal Crutchlow hit a vein of form that had previously been missing, the Brit producing some of his finest rides of the year in recent rounds. This form continued into Sepang where the LCR Honda rider was able to end Friday in sixth overall. A small crash in FP1 set him back somewhat, but he and the team quickly recovered and ended the session in sixth. For much of the day Crutchlow used the hard rear tyre, but experienced issues with it in FP2. This prompted a switch to the soft option for a final attack, setting a 2’01.039 to improve on his morning performance. With this time Crutchlow was sat sixth on combined times and 0.793s down on Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) who led the day.

He remains realistic, aware that a lap on the soft tyre is not indicative of his true performance. Crutchlow is hopeful he and his team can make overnight changes to improve their level on Saturday.

Cal Crutchlow: “Today we did not have the best start to the weekend as we had a small crash in FP1 and were disappointed to lose some time. I’ve been using the hard rear tyre so far, and also started the second session with it, but we had some problems because of the pre-heating of the tyre. But in the end we managed to gain some in the lap time and we used the soft tyre at the end to seal the real potential of the day. We still have a bit of catching up to do, but I’m looking forward to working with the guys overnight and hopefully we can come back tomorrow and improve again.”


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