THIRD ROW FOR CRUTCHLOW AS RAIN HITS ASSEN

THIRD ROW FOR CRUTCHLOW AS RAIN HITS ASSEN

THIRD ROW FOR CRUTCHLOW AS RAIN HITS ASSEN

THIRD ROW FOR CRUTCHLOW AS RAIN HITS ASSEN

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow qualified on the third row for the Dutch Grand Prix after rain dominated proceedings at Assen on Saturday. Having been fifth on the timesheets overnight, the Briton’s hopes of making further progress on Saturday were hit by the wet conditions as he failed to find the rhythm he was looking for aboard his RC213V.

Rain in the morning’s FP3 session set the tone, with the top ten from Friday moving straight through to Q2 with lap times well down. The circuit did threaten to dry out at one point, but more rain ensured qualifying took place in slippery conditions with Crutchlow relieved to come through unscathed in eighth position.

The 31-year-old admitted afterwards he had found riding in the wet a struggle and is hoping for dry conditions in Sunday’s race. MotoGP rookie Johann Zarco will start at the head of the field having secured his first-ever premier class pole.

#35 Cal Crutchlow - (8th – 1’48.042)

“We just tried to survive in the qualifying session, it was a lottery really just to stay on as it was not the best conditions. The track was really greasy, but congratulations to the guys on the front row, they managed the situation well. I didn’t have a great feeling with the bike or tyres today, but hopefully tomorrow will be better”.

“We are struggling in the wet at the moment. I won a race last year in the rain and took a pole, but this year I don’t have any feeling and the bike is moving a lot in the corner. In the dry I feel really comfortable and confident, I would have preferred some more dry track time this weekend, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”


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