CRUTCHLOW GETS TO GRIPS WITH NEW PROTOTYPE HONDA IN VALENCIA

CRUTCHLOW GETS TO GRIPS WITH NEW PROTOTYPE HONDA IN VALENCIA

CRUTCHLOW GETS TO GRIPS WITH NEW PROTOTYPE HONDA IN VALENCIA

CRUTCHLOW GETS TO GRIPS WITH NEW PROTOTYPE HONDA IN VALENCIA

LCR Honda Castrol rider Cal Crutchlow got his first taste of the new 2018 Honda prototype bike on the opening day of close-season testing at Valencia on Tuesday. Along with Repsol Honda duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, the Briton will receive official HRC factory support during the forthcoming 2018 MotoGP season having signed a two-year deal with the manufacturer.

Crutchlow put the updated Honda through its paces on a dry and sunny at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, although he was more focused on getting accustomed to the new machine than pushing for lap times. Despite that, he still finished tenth of the timesheets – just ahead of Sunday’s race winner Pedrosa - having completed a total of 55 laps on day one.

#35 Crutchlow (10th – 1’31.259)

“A busy day, but a lot of sitting around waiting. We had the new HRC prototype bike and it was good. It was good to have that available to ride, we’re very grateful to HRC to have it – myself, Marc (Marquez) and Dani (Pedrosa) have got one each. It’s nice to get it so fast, it was only shipped here yesterday and arrived yesterday, so we’ll have to continue to work well and work with Marc & Dani because we need to find the best base for us all.

“We’re going through the motions; I was concentrating on some small initial tests on the bike and there were a lot positives. The adjustments are a little different because there’s a lot of new stuff. We did some good runs, but we were in and out of the pit a little bit with small things we needed to change, but tomorrow’s going to be a bit more of a busy day I think.

“I’m optimistic (about the new bike). It wasn’t about the position or the lap time today, we’re here to shake down the bike and do a little bit of work before going for what is probably our main test next week. So overall, it was a positive day.”