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Crutchlow: “There are no excuses”

Crutchlow: “There are no excuses”

11th place in Jerez saw Cal Crutchlow take his first points of the 2016 season after battling rear wheel spinning, not what we wanted.

For the first time in four races, Cal Crutchlow was able to finish a MotoGP™ World Championship race inside the points. They didn’t come easy for Crutchlow though, increased track temperatures saw almost every rider on the grid suffer from rear tyre spinning down the straight. Almost all of the Honda riders experienced a similar drop in tyre performance at the end of the race, but Crutchlow feels his tyre was in some way defective. Had it not been for the tyre issues, the LCR Honda rider is adamant he could have been fighting up inside the top five with the likes of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).

Cal Crutchlow: “The weekend was tough and I am pleased that I finished the race. We believe we had a tyre problem because earlier I had a good warm-up with race distance on the tyres. I feel I rode a lot smoother in the race, but just wasn’t going anywhere. The last ten laps were a real struggle. We’re not too sure why just yet, but we just know there was a lot of vibration and I had to change to sixth gear on the straights where I’d normally use fifth – just to try and stop the spin. There are no excuses, we have what we have. I finished eleventh, but finished the race. Obviously that doesn’t make me happy at all. Before the race I felt I could have been battling with Dani Pedrosa if I’m truly honest. I have no doubt in my mind I could battle up there, but for some reason the Honda pace dropped a lot across the board with ten laps to go. Honda are working so hard though, and we will at least give them some information on full race distance which can hopefully help things.”

Work doesn’t stop for a Grand Prix racer, Cal Crutchlow and the majority of the grid staying in Jerez for a post-race test on Monday. It was a busy day for Crutchlow, Honda calling on his experience to help test a number of parts. The Brit also tried his RC213V with a setting similar to the one used by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) but found the setting did not suit his style. Crutchlow was pleased with the winglets though, using a slightly older version than those on the factory bikes but helped with reducing wheelie regardless. If running through his own extensive testing plan wasn’t work enough, Crutchlow also worked with several new front tyres for Michelin.

“I rode the bike all day today because we had lots of things to do, and honestly speaking we had a good day and a good test. We had to get through a lot of things, and did some very competitive lap times. I did my fastest lap, and most of the other quick ones, with the hard tyre. I did use the soft, but it was when I was trying the new Michelin front tyre so wasn’t pushing so hard at that point. They have done a good job and it was a positive outcome with the new front. They perhaps don’t suit our bike so much, but they definitely made a step forward in one area. We had to test lots of items for Honda, and tried a setting very similar to Marc Marquez, but found my own setting felt better. He rides in such a special way. The winglets were also part of that test plan this morning. It’s difficult to understand something like that at a circuit like Jerez, but we think that they definitely improve the wheelie, which is a good thing, so maybe they would work at some other tracks. They are small, which is good for other riders too as they don’t create much turbulence like some of the other bikes in this championship.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda

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