CAL’S TYRE GAMBLE PAYS OFF
While Sunday’s incredible victory took no small part of skill from Cal Crutchlow, the Honda rider also used his head, gambling successfully before the race started on Michelin’s harder option wet tyres – a gamble that ultimately paid off, but that few of his rivals were prepared to take.
Speaking after the race, Crutchlow was quite insistent that he knew exactly why he was one of the few to take the bet on going against the crowd.
“I chose the tyres on the grid and there was a little bit of hesitation from Michelin, but I knew that if I went with one hard tyre I needed to go with both of them, so that was it. I knew I had the right tyre choice as soon as it started to dry up. I took the gamble, and as far as I’m concerned the rest of them who didn’t are all wimps!”
Michelin boss Nicholas Goubert said afterwards that he also believed that Crutchlow had made the right call when it came to using the harder option.
“Once again the tyres made all the difference, and Cal made the right choice. Some of the others struggled at the end and had some problems. But that’s understandable – the soft tyre is made for heavy rain, and the reason why no-one else picked up the hard for the race is because they wanted to go with what they knew.
“There were some rumours before the race too that it was going to rain again 30 minutes after the start of the race – and if that had happened the guys with the soft tyres would have won the race easily. It was a gamble.”
‘I took the right gamble and... the rest of them who didn’t are wimps!’ CAL CRUTCHLOW
On a slowly drying track, Cal’s hard Michelin wets were the right choice