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Crutchlow: “I would like to say sorry to Dovi”

Crutchlow: “I would like to say sorry to Dovi”

A fine final flyaway round for Cal Crutchlow as he grabs fifth in the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The strong end to Cal Crutchlow’s 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship continued in Malaysia with a spirited ride to fifth. Starting from fifth on the grid the LCR Honda rider immediately made his presence felt as he and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) engaged in a heated battle, frequently swapping positions. The battle got closer and closer but disaster struck as the two former teammates came together, Dovizioso unfortunately crashing. Clearly the Brit had no intention of ending the Ducati rider’s race early and immediately apologised.

Even with Dovizioso out of the picture it was not an easy race for the Brit who had to contend with Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). The Yamaha rider would get the better of Crutchlow and his Honda, ending five seconds ahead as they crossed the line. Despite losing out on a potential fourth, Crutchlow remains happy with the result as he had spent much of the Malaysian GP carefully managing his tyres while also battling with a brake lever issue. The flyaways have been a successful trip for Crutchlow, finishing inside the top seven in all three events after a slight midseason dip.

Cal Crutchlow: “It was a bit of a strange race today. I had a problem with the brake lever after about eight laps and I managed the tyres as best as possible, but obviously I did not have great feeling with the brakes because of this problem. But to finish these three flyaway races with fifth is a good result, although perhaps we should have been in fourth place today, riding our own race not too far behind Valentino. But it wasn’t to be and now we have to go to Valencia and try to keep improving once again.

“Also I would like to say sorry to Dovi as I knocked him off – he is the last rider on the track I would want to knock off as he is the cleanest rider. I apologized to him and he took it very well.”


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