Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Cal Crutchlow was awarded the Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club’s cov­eted tor­ren­stro­phy in Jan­uary, for be­ing first Bri­tish rider to win a premier class World Cham­pi­onship Mo­tor­cy­cle Grand Prix in 35 years. The tro­phy has only been awarded nine times in its his­tory and only when the club feels that the achieve­ment jus­ti­fies it. “I feel very priv­i­leged that the Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club con­sid­ers me wor­thy of it,” said 31-year-old Crutchlow. “It’s taken a long time, and a lot of hard work, and it’s an hon­our to be recog­nised by such well-re­spected industry fig­ures.” Bar­rie Bax­ter, Chairman of the Torrens Tro­phy Nom­i­na­tions Com­mit­tee, said: “Cal Crutchlow is one of the most fear­less rid­ers in Moto GP. Last sea­son, Crutchlow be­came the first Brit to win a premier class race since Barry Sheene in 1981 when he tri­umphed in the Czech Grand Prix at Brno. It gives me great plea­sure to present the 2016 Torrens Tro­phy to Cal in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing achieve­ment.”

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