LCR HONDA AND CRUTCHLOW KICK OFF 2017 IN SEPANG
Today saw the eagerly-awaited return of MotoGP action to the racetrack, as the first official preseason testing session of 2017 began at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The LCR Honda Team welcomed back their British rider Cal Crutchlow following the winter break, ready to restart a long journey which will see the Lucio Cecchinello-run outfit compete with the best in the world once more in the 18-round MotoGP World Championship.
It was a positive start to the year, with Crutchlow finishing the first of three days’ tests as the sixth fastest rider out on track. A two-time race winner in 2016, he was using the same frame as he used at the end of last season, and in terms of engine was working on a different configuration in order to provide feedback to HRC as they define their 2017 motor.
With rain falling in the afternoon, the track was unable to dry before the end of the day’s session, and although a few riders took to the damp surface, Crutchlow preferred to avoid any possible mishap by staying in the pits. He instead focused on working with the team and the data collected to plan day two of testing on Tuesday.
#35 Cal Crutchlow – 6th (2’00.569 – lap 27 of 44)
“First of all, I’d like to say how nice it was to get back to the LCR Honda Team after a couple of months break. I didn’t ride a motorcycle too much during the winter, I did two 20-minute rides on a motocross bike so today the feeling was a little strange for me, but it was nice to be back into some sort of rhythm with the team.”
“In terms of testing, today we were able to give some feedback immediately as we started with our testing programme, and at the moment we are going through a few small things that we have to try. Then the plan is that over the next two days we can test and evaluate some other things for Honda.”