Bril­liant Brit makes most of frame gain

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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!

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