Few positives for Crutchlow following opening day at Misano

cal crutchlow misano motogp fp2 2013After lapping Misano over one second off the oace Cal Crutchlow admitted he was ‘struggling everywhere’ aboard his Tech 3 Yamaha at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Crutchlow dismissed any suggestion that he was still feeling the effects of a right arm injury sustained at Silverstone but did show the media the extent of damage done to his right forearm which is still badly swollen with fluid buildup.

“Today was a really difficult day and I am not very happy at all with my pace or my position,” said Crutchlow. “I’ve no grip on the front but that’s the same for everyone-Bradley crashed, Barbera crashed, Marquez and Dovi nearly crashed-there’s obviously not a lot of front grip. I nearly crashed and in all honesty I wasn’t willing to crash so I rode around and finished tenth.

cal-crutchlow-laguna-seca-race-2013“I need five good laps and my confidence will be fine but I can’t do one good lap at the minute. I’m not going to make excuses but at the end of the day I wasn’t willing to crash today.”

After starting the season in superb form, including a run of four podiums in five races, recent races have seen the Englishman struggle but he reiterated again that speculation about his future played no part in his downturn in results:

“The last time I felt fast was Mugello and Sachsenring, the rest since then have been a disaster. After Germany I had everything at my feet – a Yamaha contract, Ducati contract and a Honda contract – but it wasn’t a distraction. I made my decision after Laguna but I was useless there. All that stuff had nothing to do with it, but at the minute we’re on a downward spiral for some reason.

Cal-Crutchlow-2-Laguna-Seca-FP1-2013“This weekend I wanted to turn up and ride the bike without touching it but it’s impossible because if I rode the bike that they’ve given me, and it’s nothing against my team it’s just the base setup from Yamaha, I wouldn’t have lasted five laps. I am struggling everywhere but I won’t give up and I will work hard with my crew tonight to try and find some solutions to be more competitive tomorrow.”

jorge-lorenzo-misano-motogp-fp2-2013While Crutchlow has received an updated bike midway through the season he has not been offered the seamless shift gearbox that factory Yamaha riders, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, are using for the first time this weekend. Even so Crutchlow commented on the advantages offered by the new gearbox:

“We can see from the data that they can change gear at more angle than us and their acceleration is a lot better than ours but I’m not asking for [the seamless],” said Crutchlow. “If you put Lorenzo on his older gearbox I guarantee that he’d go faster tomorrow morning on it. Over a race distance it might be a bit better but for overall laptime I don’t know.” 

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