CRUTCHLOW FASTEST IN FIRST DAY OF HOME GP AT SILVERSTONE

CRUTCHLOW FASTEST IN FIRST DAY OF HOME GP AT SILVERSTONE

CRUTCHLOW FASTEST IN FIRST DAY OF HOME GP AT SILVERSTONE

CRUTCHLOW FASTEST IN FIRST DAY OF HOME GP AT SILVERSTONE

British hero Cal Crutchlow made a blistering start to his home grand prix at the Silverstone circuit, ending day one as the fastest rider in MotoGP practice. In a retro Aaron Slight-inspired Castrol livery, Crutchlow rolled back the years to give an impressive Friday crowd a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s race.

Crutchlow had already gone fast in the morning session, and then as the afternoon practice progressed he stuck in a stunning lap of 2’00.897, at that point seven-tenths quicker than anyone else, and finished almost a quarter of a second ahead of his nearest rival Valentino Rossi.

The 31 year-old took pole position at this circuit a year ago before taking second place in the race, and with qualifying to come on Saturday, hopes are high amongst the local faithful that he can repeat the feat in 2017.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 1st – 2’00.897

“Obviously we are pleased with how today went, we tried every option of tyre there was and in the last run I kept the used front, which was a little dangerous with a new soft rear. It was just to make sure we were in the top ten because you never know what can happen tomorrow morning – if there’s oil on the track and the times aren’t as fast for example. We are working very well as a team as always and trying our best – and at the moment that’s first place!

“They’ve resurfaced a couple of corners here and they were a lot better, so how about we resurface the whole track?! It’d be a lot easier for all of us. The problem is that wherever we share a track with F1, the tracks are bumpy within a year, so I understand the concerns of the organisers. I felt ok either way, an hope for a good day tomorrow.”


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