FOURTH ON THE GRID FOR CRUTCHLOW IN MISANO

FOURTH ON THE GRID FOR CRUTCHLOW IN MISANO

FOURTH ON THE GRID FOR CRUTCHLOW IN MISANO

FOURTH ON THE GRID FOR CRUTCHLOW IN MISANO

Cal Crutchlow will start Sunday’s Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera from the second row after an impressive performance during qualifying. Still nursing a finger injury from before the weekend, the British rider has nonetheless looked his usual feisty self out on track, and with good race pace is hopeful of a decent finish at his LCR Honda Team’s home race.

Having gone straight through to the qualifying final, Crutchlow put in an excellent lap of 1’32.768, just three-tenths of a second behind pole-setter Maverick Viñales, and a tenth behind factory Honda colleague Marc Marquez. He will start the race as the top Independent Team rider in the field, and hasn’t counted out a shot at the podium positions.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 4th (1’32.768)

“We’re obviously happy with the qualifying session, I’d wanted to be on the front row, but today it wasn’t possible. That’s something to try for again in the next races, but for now I’m happy with fourth place. I think we’ve done a good job as a team all weekend so far, the crew have worked very hard for me. It hasn’t been an easy run-up to this grand prix, so to be in good shape for Sunday’s race has been difficult. However, I feel we’ve got the pace to be there, maybe not to win, but perhaps we can aim for the podium. Top five I would be happy, but I have to look towards the rostrum.

“The finger is feeling better. There’s no pain when I’m on the bike, but it’s really uncomfortable and it’s going to be like that for a month. I can’t keep my finger on the handlebar so it’s not the best situation. I have to compensate with my other arm and different parts of my body, so it doesn’t feel natural. We’ll work on it with the team and the doctors to try and improve the situation for Aragon.”


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