TOTAL FRUSTRATION FOR CRUTCHLOW AT MUGELLO

TOTAL FRUSTRATION FOR CRUTCHLOW AT MUGELLO

TOTAL FRUSTRATION FOR CRUTCHLOW AT MUGELLO

TOTAL FRUSTRATION FOR CRUTCHLOW AT MUGELLO

A weekend that started with so much promise ended in total frustration for LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow as he crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix on the last lap at Mugello. The Briton had raised expectations by going fastest in Friday’s free practice sessions. However, that would be as good as things got and - having missed out on qualifying for Q2 on Saturday – Crutchlow ended the round empty-handed after a collision with Dani Pedrosa.

Starting from 13th on the grid, the LCR man battled hard in a race dominated by the Ducati and Yamaha bikes of his rivals. Despite ongoing issues with his RC213V, Crutchlow looked set to come home in 11th place on Sunday before a wild passing move from Pedrosa saw the Spaniard take out both riders with the chequered flag in sight. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso eventually claimed a first-ever MotoGP victory, while Crutchlow was left to reflect on a weekend to forget in Tuscany.

#35 Cal Crutchlow - (DNF)

“These things happen in racing. Obviously at the time I was annoyed with Dani (Pedrosa) and he was clearly frustrated with the position he was in. But we were all suffering this weekend on the Hondas and the end result was that we crashed and that’s it. He came from a long way back, I didn’t hear him but suddenly I saw him and then was on top of him!”

“It was a shame as I was happy enough in the race today, I felt quite good and never pushed over the limit. I was making sure I was going to finish the race and managing the situation with the front tyre.

“When we tested there (Barcelona) the other week it seemed really difficult, it could have been our worst circuit, but now we’ve come here and maybe thought this was our worst circuit! So the next round at Barcelona will be really difficult for us as well, the only saving grace is that our bike likes to slide a lot and we can normally do decent lap times at the end of a race with the bike sliding.”


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