Crutchlow’s 22 laps to glory

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Warm-up lap

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.

Start

Crutchlow and Rossi at­tempt to stay out of trou­ble while their tyres come up to tem­per­a­ture. Crutchlow drops back from 10th to 15th.

Lap six

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.

Lap nine

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.

Lap 10

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.

Lap 15

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.

Lap 18

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.

Lap 22

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.

Podium

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?

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