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Crutchlow: “We still have to improve”

British rider quickest out the blocks in Italy - but still looking for more

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) left it late on Day 1 to take to the top, but the Brno and Phillip Island 2016 winner deposed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in FP2 to head the combined timesheets on Friday at Mugello.

Crutchlow was 0.029 faster than his former teammate despite not feeling great, but says there are still things to improve – especially mid-corner – and that will be the overnight focus ahead of qualifying.

Cal Crutchlow, P1: "Yeah, I’m feeling good. It’s the team’s home race-ish, although obviously Misano is closer to our workshops. We’re feeling good at the moment; I don’t feel fantastic with the bike, I’ve not been feeling great over the past couple of days, but the overall performance today I was quite happy with.

“I just don’t feel so well, but otherwise the bike feels good. We still have to improve: in the middle of the corner we’re not feeling great at the moment to turn the bike, it could’ve been the tyre we were using, but hopefully we can improve that overnight and go better tomorrow.”

Crutchlow: "I don't feel fantastic on the bike"