Crutchlow’s 22 laps to glory
Taking a gamble on the harder rear tyres, Crutchlow admits after the race that he very nearly crashed on the warm-up lap as he pushed to try and get enough heat into the Michelins for the start of the race.
Crutchlow and Rossi attempt to stay out of trouble while their tyres come up to temperature. Crutchlow drops back from 10th to 15th.
Admitting after the race that this was the point where he knew that his gamble might well pay off, the charge begins with a jump forward two places and a lap time a second quicker than race leader Andrea Iannone.
Crutchlow sets the fastest lap of the race, doing a 2m 08.2s lap while those at the front are stuck doing laps in the high 2m 10s. He begins the climb up the order by passing Pedrosa, Espargaró and Smith.
He makes his biggest leap of the race, using the incredible pace he’s capable of on the hard tyres to close down the group battling for the lead and starts to plot a way of scything his way through them to the front.
He finally takes the lead, closing down Iannone who by now is suffering front tyres problems. The power of the Ducati proves an issue at first, but with dry braking areas starting to appear Crutchlow makes short work of the Italian to take the lead.
Catching a glimpse of Valentino Rossi taking second place from Iannone behind him on the big screens, Crutchlow responds with a series of fast laps until he realises the danger has passed and he backs off again.
Rolling up the steep hill into the last chicane for the final time, the LCR Honda rider finally allows himself to relax as he realises his first Grand Prix win is in the bag.
Cal gets to celebrate his first Motogp win on the podium alongside Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. Can he do it all again at Silverstone?