CRUTCHLOW CONFIDENT DESPITE QUALIFYING SPILL

CRUTCHLOW CONFIDENT DESPITE QUALIFYING SPILL

CRUTCHLOW CONFIDENT DESPITE QUALIFYING SPILL

CRUTCHLOW CONFIDENT DESPITE QUALIFYING SPILL

Cal Crutchlow was disappointed to qualify on the fourth row of the grid for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, having shown good pace throughout the practice sessions at the Phillip Island circuit. On the day of LCR Honda Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello’s birthday, the Brit had hoped for a better present than tenth place in qualifying, however he feels that his pace could see him make forward progress towards the podium positions.

Crutchlow was a runaway winner at this event last year, and feels that his progress during practice suggests a similar attack could be on the cards in the 27-lap race, but held his hands up to making a simple mistake in the 15-minute qualifying shootout. Running fastest through the first sector, the LCR Honda man was a touch hot into the right-hand hairpin at turn four, but instead of picking the bike up he tried to make the corner and unfortunately went to ground.

Despite the setback, Crutchlow and the LCR Honda Team were in positive spirits ahead of Sunday’s race.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 10th (1’29.429)

“It was a bad day today to qualify tenth at the Australian GP. It’s not good considering the fact that we won here last year. I felt good and felt confident, but I pushed too hard into turn four and lost the front tyre. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to make it back to the pits and go again.

“I’m confident for the race though, it’s just that we have a big job to do from where we have qualified, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s grand prix. We’ll see if we can come up with a plan in the first few laps and be patient, because I don’t think there are many teams or riders that can manage the tyre situation as well as us. So we have to take the positives from today and see if we can be good for tomorrow.”


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