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Crutchlow: “The bike didn’t have a clue where we were”

Crutchlow: “The bike didn’t have a clue where we were”

Electrical problems see Cal Crutchlow unable to finish the first race of the year after crashing out.

The entire Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar was a difficult weekend for Cal Crutchlow as he attempted to prepare for the first race of year. Electrical issues with the Honda RC213V had hindered Crutchlow throughout the weekend but his LCR Honda crew had made a discovery in Qualifying which offered hope for the race. 2016 presented teams and riders with the new challenge of unified software, Honda having a particularly difficult time adjusting their bike to suit. Unfortunately electrical issues would come back to haunt the Brit on Sunday night, his bike losing its position on track and giving power when it should have been cutting power. This fact was the cause of his crash on the seventh lap of the race.

His team and Honda will now analyse the data in an attempt to find the route cause of the problem and hopefully solve it for the next round in Argentina. Crutchlow was one of five DNFs in the race and is hopeful of more in the coming rounds. Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Team) podium proves that the RC213V is capable of battling at the front, it’s now just up to Crutchlow and his team to find the improvements.

Cal Crutchlow: “I’m extremely disappointed, but that’s an understatement to be honest. We had some electronic problems during the weekend and again in the race. The bike didn’t have a clue where we were on the circuit. It seemed to be reading the wrong sectors, so in the last sector it thought I was in the first sector and so on. This was why I crashed. I’m disappointed for my team because we all worked hard all weekend and I felt we could have got in amongst the front five that got away, but I just couldn’t accelerate onto the straight. I don’t know why it was, but we will investigate later and hope to be back fast in Argentina.”


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