FRONT ROW AT BRITISH GP FOR HOME HERO CRUTCHLOW

FRONT ROW AT BRITISH GP FOR HOME HERO CRUTCHLOW

FRONT ROW AT BRITISH GP FOR HOME HERO CRUTCHLOW

FRONT ROW AT BRITISH GP FOR HOME HERO CRUTCHLOW

For the second season in succession, Cal Crutchlow will start the British Grand Prix at Silverstone from the front row after sealing third place on the grid for Sunday's race. Heading into the qualifying final as the quickest rider over the weekend so far, the Isle of Man-based rider was in scintillating form during the 15-minute shootout, narrowly missing out on pole position by a matter of tenths.

A year ago the Brit converted his hard-earned pole position into a brilliant second place in the race and hopes are high in the LCR Honda camp that another podium finish could be on the cards. Crutchlow has shown excellent pace in every session so far, making light work of the bumpy Silverstone surface as he eventually stopped the qualifying clock in a best time of 2'00.106, less than 0.2 behind poleman and factory Honda colleague Marc Marquez.

The forecast is for another dry day in Northamptonshire on Sunday, and an enticing 20-lap race beckons, with five or six riders all in with a realistic shot at victory, including Crutchlow himself.

#35 Cal Crutchlow - 3rd (2'00.106)

"The expectation is that we can be on the podium tomorrow, we have to think like that because last year we were and I don't think there's any reason why we can't do it this year. Marc, Valentino (Rossi) and Maverick (Viñales) are all very fast too so I will have to play a good game and hopefully we can have a good battle in front of the home crowd.

"The key today was to make no mistakes, and I didn't make any big ones although I did run a bit wider in turn 13 which was my own fault, and Marc made a clean lap. I'm slightly disappointed not to go under the two-minute barrier because this was my aim today as I knew it would mean pole position, but I am pleased nonetheless. Last year I had pole here in the rain, then a dry ride to the podium, and I honestly don't see any reason why we can't do that again tomorrow.

"I feel like we have risen to the occasion this weekend. The bike is working well, the team are working great as always, so I'm looking forward to the race."


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