CRUTCHLOW ON THE THIRD ROW IN SPIELBERG

CRUTCHLOW ON THE THIRD ROW IN SPIELBERG

CRUTCHLOW ON THE THIRD ROW IN SPIELBERG

CRUTCHLOW ON THE THIRD ROW IN SPIELBERG

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow has qualified on the third row of the grid for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg. The Briton suffered a fall in Saturday morning’s session, but then demonstrated his fighting qualities to battle his way through to Q2 and eventually claimed ninth position on the final timesheets.

Crutchlow went down at turn three in FP3 but would recover to post a fast lap right at the very end of the session that would secure his place in Q2 at the expense of compatriot Scott Redding. In qualifying the 31-year-old finished just behind factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa who came through Q1 to take eighth spot on the grid for Sunday’s race. Meanwhile, Pedrosa’s HRC team-mate Marc Marquez took pole.

While not totally satisfied with the weekend thus far, Crutchlow believes Sunday’s race could prove unpredictable with the chance to secure a positive result.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 9th (1’24.024)

“It’s not been a fantastic weekend so far. Obviously you saw that I crashed in FP3 this morning, we were struggling a little bit and I needed a harder front tyre, but the harder tyre doesn’t work as there are only two left-hand corners. We were struggling yesterday in the first sector with the speed of the bike and were again today, but it seems we have improved a little bit and we’ve improved in some other areas as well.

“We need to just keep working tonight. I think you’re going to see a strange race tomorrow as there will be a lot of different rear tyres choices and probably the track temperature will be slightly different from the last two days practices”.


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