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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

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