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Crutchlow: “We were glad to receive the new engine"

Crutchlow: “We were glad to receive the new engine'

A day of learning for Cal Crutchlow at the Qatar Test as he assess the new Honda engine, ending eighth overall.

The Qatar Test is the final official MotoGP™ World Championship test of the pre-season, riders keen to make the most of the final three days before racing gets underway. An initially slow start to the test due to the conditions, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was eager to get to work as he and the team took delivery of a new factory spec Honda RC213V engine. This will be the engine they will use throughout the 2016 season and the British rider is already pleased with his initial feeling, having spent the day attempting to understand the differences between the new engine and his old one. There is still work to be done, but fortunately Crutchlow and his team still have two full days of testing left before the season begins.

A time of 1’45.510 put Crutchlow eighth overall but did see him end as the top Honda bike, beating both the factory Repsol Honda Team bikes. Alongside his on track duties, Crutchlow also helped to unveil the 2016 livery for the LCR Honda team who enter their 20th season in Grand Prix racing this year.

Cal Crutchlow: “Today was a bit of a ‘getting-to-know-you’ session with the new engine. Everything else on the bike is completely as it was, but we were glad to receive the new engine from Honda. We found some positive things with it, but we have only tested it briefly to begin with. I used the hard tyre all day, and I felt good – I did my fastest lap after 22 laps with the hard rear tyre. So this is quite satisfying because we know we can do a good job, and I feel very comfortable at the moment to be able to go fast when we need. I don’t think the result today reflects anything like what it would be in a race here.

“Tomorrow we’re looking forward to trying some more things with the front of the bike because at the moment the limit is the front tyre. We have to stop the front moving so much under braking and into the corner, and this will be our main focus, but at the moment I’m generally really pleased with things.”

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