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Tyre allocation proves to be the biggest limiting factor for Cal Crutchlow during the second day of testing in Qatar.
Down in 13th position was not where LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow had expected nor wanted to be on the second day of testing in Qatar. Even in 13th, the Brit was the third fastest of the Honda riders as they all struggled to get their machines stopped. Qatar has never classically been a Honda circuit with the 2016 edition of the RC213V proving to be an equally difficult beast to wrestle around the Losail International Circuit.
Aside from braking, Crutchlow’s biggest issue was with tyre allocation, some of the tyres impossible to use due to vibrations. This left the Brit with just a single front tyre to use throughout the day, electing to end early as the temperatures dropped. Despite the issues Crutchlow managed to complete 50 laps and gather valuable data for Honda.
Cal Crutchlow: “It was a bad day today. I think it’s clear to see that we are struggling a bit. All the Honda riders are feeling some problems at the moment, and we need to keep working closely with them. At the moment it’s a little concerning because we can’t brake into the corner and turn the bike as we would like. However, we know Honda are doing a really good job for our team, and we’re giving them the best information that we can to improve things. We will see how it goes, because I was confident about being able to go fast today, but it just wasn’t possible. I think in a race situation we are probably in a bit better shape than it looks, but we still need to improve as best we can.
“The big problem for everybody today was the tyre allocation. There are some big vibrations from some of the tyres and so it is impossible to use them, but that meant we had one front tyre basically for the whole day today if we want to be able to ride tomorrow. We’ll keep working, and will be looking long and hard at the data overnight to feedback information to the crew and to Honda. We still have to be optimistic.”
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