CRUTCHLOW’S FORM CONTINUES
Cal Crutchlow has continued his run of good form at Aragon by taking yet another strong result from the weekend. The Czech Grand Prix winner looked strong throughout, defeating many of his factory rivals in Sunday’s race to finish fifth on the LCR Honda.
Yet in a sign of just how much his pace has improved since a torrid start to the 2016 season, he was left bemoaning his qualifying crash that meant he started from the second and not the front row.
He said: “I knew what was going to happen if I didn’t qualify on the front row. I didn’t get a great start, I got stuck behind Dani, and I couldn’t get away with the leaders. I tried to battle back, but our bike has got no acceleration and no speed, and it took a long time to get past the others.
“Once you lose the front guys, you’re not getting them back. Overall we’re happy enough, but the front row was my chance to get on the podium and when that didn’t happen and I didn’t get away with them, that cost me my chance.”
But while the Isle of Man resident was left unimpressed with his performance at the end of the race, it signified a continuing shift in his fortunes that has carried on since his Sachsenring podium in July.
“We did this at a circuit that doesn’t really suit me, my size, and the way the Honda is at the minute. We did a good job, despite all of the Honda riders struggling, even Marc. He said he targeted a few races he wanted to win, and I targeted this one as somewhere I wanted a good result.
“It was an enjoyable race, though, and overall we are happy because top five in a Motogp race at Aragon is not bad. But I would have still preferred a podium!”
Cal reckons second-row start robbed him of podium chance from the off