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After leaving Qatar with zero points, Cal Crutchlow was back to his best in Argentina and inside the top five.
While the likes of Yamaha and Ducati struggled on the dirty and dusty Argentinian circuit, Honda riders were able to excel. Four RC213Vs filled the top five spots at the end of the day, Cal Crutchlow ending fifth. A 1’42.451 aboard his LCR Honda machine had the Brit 0.872s back on Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and 0.076s away from ending as the top Independent Team rider. The result came after he and his team avoided risk in the morning session, instead focusing their attention on Free Practice 2 when conditions had improved, albeit only slightly.
That second session saw the Brit improve his time by over two and a half seconds, despite the strange conditions. Tyres remain a hot topic of discussion, Crutchlow unsure as to which option may work best for the race on Sunday. Rain is forecast for both Saturday and Sunday and could see the sessions run in wet conditions or at least alter the condition of the track if the rain does not stay.
Cal Crutchlow: “Today was a strange day with the track surface being so slippery here. It was really difficult to understand the feeling from the bike, but overall in the end we aren’t in a bad situation. All the Hondas seem to be doing very well at this venue and this is pleasing for us and the manufacturer. The team worked really well, but we still need to evaluate a few things overnight and discuss the best option as regards tyres with Michelin, because I think everyone is struggling a little with the front. We will look to them for some improvements too and hopefully we can then have another good day tomorrow.”
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