Brilliant Brit makes most of frame gain
One component that played a key part in Crutchlow’s success at Silverstone was a new frame for his Honda RC213V that the LCR team took delivery of straight after the Czech GP. Running the new frame on the Monday test at Brno, Crutchlow immediately found it more to his style.
Rejected by both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa as not different enough to warrant a mid-season change following the Barcelona test in June, an HRC source confirmed to MCN that the new chassis sacrifices braking stability for increased grip on the exit of corners. Not only benefitting Crutchlow’s riding style but also working to address the weaknesses of the 2016 Honda, the new chassis meant that he had a crucial advantage in drive grip during his fight with Marquez for the podium on Sunday.
However, while the benefits of the chassis might well have played out for Crutchlow at Silverstone, he’s not expecting the same results this weekend at Misano, where the hard braking nature of the track should nullify its benefits.
feels Rossi’s front fork leg make contact with his helmet!
Andrea Iannone muscles his way past Crutchlow into second – but the Brit doesn’t let him get away and still clearly has something in reserve. He doesn’t have to use it though, when the Italian crashes out of the race.
The fight between Marquez and Crutchlow intensifies until the pair collide at 200mph on the Hangar Straight, with Marquez’s winglet giving Crutchlow a dead leg but taking the Repsol Honda rider out of the fight for the podium.
A big moment threatens to end Cal’s race on the last lap, but a bit of forewarning helps him catch it – with Cal admitting afterwards that he was watching himself on the big screen and saw the rear step out!