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Crutchlow: “We’re definitely capable of the pace”

Crutchlow: “We’re definitely capable of the pace”

Three races have seen Cal Crutchlow crash three times, 16th in Austin his first race finish of 2016.

Many riders have struggled at the start of 2016 as the year has seemingly started with more crashes than in previous years. Unfortunately Cal Crutchlow has been at the centre of these crashes as the Brit has fallen in all three races. In Austin he fell on lap seven at Turn 11 while quickly closing in on another potential top five.  The LCR Honda rider was lucky to avoid the bike of Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who fell at the same corner just several seconds later. As in Argentina, Crutchlow was quickly to his feet and sprinting to his downed RC213V, able to pick the bike up and carry on with the race. But his fall put him a significant distance behind and Crutchlow was unable to end in the points, leaving Austin with 16th place and with no points yet again.

The MotoGP™ World Championship now returns to Europe for round four in Jerez and Crutchlow will once again attempt to return to the points. It won’t be easy as he feels his bike is lacking in several areas, especially in acceleration, compared to the factory riders. A revised setting may help as Crutchlow feels he and the team have followed a direction that is not entirely beneficial for them.

Cal Crutchlow: “I was pushing too hard in an area we shouldn’t be pushing in. Our bike’s got no real acceleration, and it means I have to try and make everything up on the brakes. The factory riders seem to have found something in that area this weekend, but whatever we’re doing at the moment is not working. We’re fast enough, there’s no doubt about that, we’re definitely capable of the pace, we just don’t have the acceleration. Three fifth places would have put us third in the championship at the moment, and I feel that they were there for the taking, but I haven’t been able to convert and it’s completely my fault, there’s nobody else to blame. We do need to look at setting the bike up differently because we’ve followed a direction that hasn’t been working. We work together as a team, we’re still confident, and although I’m angry, I look forward to getting it right in Jerez.”


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