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16 days ago
By LCR Honda

Crutchlow: "Perhaps we can aim for the podium"

LCR Honda rider optimistic about race day despite finger injury

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) didn't have a solid run up to the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, as the Brit sliced one of his fingers on the Monday preceding the round - but that didn't stop him taking P4 in qualifying. Heading up the second row is a great starting point for the two-time GP winner, top Independent Team rider on Saturday and looking to repeat the feat in the race - if not get on the rostrum:

Cal Crutchlow, P4: "We’re obviously happy with the qualifying session, I’d wanted to be on the front row, but today it wasn’t possible. That’s something to try for again in the next races, but for now I’m happy with fourth place. I think we’ve done a good job as a team all weekend so far, the crew have worked very hard for me. It hasn’t been an easy run-up to this Grand Prix, so to be in good shape for Sunday’s race has been difficult. However, I feel we’ve got the pace to be there, maybe not to win, but perhaps we can aim for the podium. Top five I would be happy, but I have to look towards the rostrum.

"The finger is feeling better. There’s no pain when I’m on the bike, but it’s really uncomfortable and it’s going to be like that for a month. I can’t keep my finger on the handlebar so it’s not the best situation. I have to compensate with my other arm and different parts of my body, so it doesn’t feel natural. We’ll work on it with the team and the doctors to try and improve the situation for Aragon."

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