CAL CUTTING CORNERS?
British hero penalised then re-instated after sweat on his visor blocks his vision
Brit GP podium hero Cal Crutchlow became embroiled in a row following his eighth place finish in Sunday’s race with Motogp race chiefs, after the LCR Honda rider was demoted one place for exceeding track limits, before a race control u-turn saw him re-instated to eighth.
Crutchlow crossed the line in eighth place, but was moved back after race control deemed that he had cut the first corner five times during the course of the race.
And although Crutchlow put his hand up and admitted that he had made the illegal move, the savvy Brit demonstrated to race control through his data that not only was it not deliberate but also that he had ensured that he gained no advantage from it by coming off the throttle on the straight in the following sector (see separate story, right).
“I ran across turn one five times, because there was sweat on the inside of my visor and from lap eight onwards I couldn’t see a thing! I normally have a sweat pad, but it wasn’t in the right position and was dripping everywhere!
“Of the five times, on three of those I gained two tenths – but then gave it back in the next sector every time. It was absolutely ridiculous – the worst decision they could have made. I completely agree I went off the track, but what could I do?”
Crutchlow was just one of a number of riders caught up in a row over track limits during the weekend, however, with multiple penalties being handed out in every class. But while the controversial issue has been raised repeatedly so far this season, the 30-year-old has an easy solution to the issue.
“Just put grass on the outside of the corners. The track limits at other tracks are grass, and while there are some places we need a little bit for safety reasons, there are others where
‘I ran across turn one five times, because there was sweat on the inside of my visor’ CAL CRUTCHLOW
you gain nothing by running onto the paint they put down.”
With the lack of vision bringing a premature halt to an otherwise-strong race from Crutchlow that saw him putting in some of the fastest laps of the race in the early stages, the Czech Grand Prix winner believes that if he had been able to see properly then he would have been able to finish much further forward.
“You’re always going to say that you could have done better, but everyone saw how fast I caught Dovi and Maverick in the race – and then once I got behind them I couldn’t see a thing.
“I think without that problem I could have been maybe four tenths faster over a lap every lap. It wouldn’t have been enough to win the race, but it would have put me where Maverick was in fifth.”
Crutchlow made sure he gained no advantage from the move