CRUTCHLOW AIMING TO TAKE A STRIDE FORWARD AT SPIELBERG

CRUTCHLOW AIMING TO TAKE A STRIDE FORWARD AT SPIELBERG

CRUTCHLOW AIMING TO TAKE A STRIDE FORWARD AT SPIELBERG

CRUTCHLOW AIMING TO TAKE A STRIDE FORWARD AT SPIELBERG

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow is hoping to build on some encouraging signs in the Czech Republic when round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship gets underway in Austria on Friday. Despite an unfortunate fall in free practice which necessitated a trip to hospital for a back scan, Crutchlow rode through the pain barrier to secure a creditable fifth-placed finish in Brno last weekend.
Despite his injuries, the Briton then gritted his teeth and managed to complete nearly 50 laps during a test session at the Automotodrom Brno on Monday. Despite not having any new parts, Crutchlow achieved some impressive results and had posted the second fastest time of any rider when he brought his stint to an end in the early afternoon.

With acceleration and grip so crucial at Spielberg, the LCR rider is aware he will have to work hard with his crew at the Austrian soil but he is confident that recent improvements will make him more competitive following his 15th place finish 12 months ago.

#35 Cal Crutchlow

“We tested our normal setup in Brno, there were no new parts, but we tried some different settings with the bike that seemed to work well. I re-tested the wings again for the fairing with here in mind as there’s a lot of acceleration and a lot of time to be gained on acceleration, so we’ll see how it goes.

“I didn’t feel great at the test on Monday to be honest after the crash in FP3 in Brno. I stopped early, but we still got in 50 laps and found some things that we liked. We’re hoping to be better than last year, but we want to improve the whole package. It seemed we struggled here with the set up last year, Marc (Marquez) and Dani (Pedrosa) had a challenging weekend as well but hopefully we can close that gap. It will be a positive weekend if we can score some good points.

“It promises to be an interesting weekend because tomorrow is supposed to be wet again, Saturday might be our only dry sessions and then it’s the race, so we’ll see how things turn out.”