Race win­ner last time round, Bri­tish hero high­sides out at Sepang

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - IN MALAYSIA MO­TOGP RE­PORTER si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

Aus­tralian GP win­ner Cal Crutchlow suf­fered a down­turn in for­tunes at Sepang, leav­ing Malaysia with zero points af­ter crash­ing out of fourth.

Run­ning with the lead­ing pack – and dic­ing with fac­tory Honda rider Marc Mar­quez for fourth place – the Brit’s hopes of main­tain­ing a streak that has seen him be one of the top points scor­ers in the sec­ond half of the sea­son came to a crash­ing halt.

“We were strug­gling be­cause we needed it to be ei­ther wet or dry, not in-be­tween,” said Cal. “Both Marc and I were re­ally try­ing. I was there again, be­ing able to chal­lenge at the front of a Mo­togp race, but it just didn’t work out.

“I’m sore and was a bit light-headed – I felt af­ter­wards like I’d had a few beers! I went into turn two, and I was try­ing to make some­thing up on brak­ing, be­cause we weren’t gain­ing any­thing on ac­cel­er­a­tion, even though Marc and I were rid­ing like an­i­mals.”

To make mat­ters worse, Crutchlow be­lieved he had the pace to chal­lenge for the top step of the podium.

“In the race I was con­fi­dent, and I was tak­ing it easy in the early stages be­cause it was so wet,” he said. “When I needed to come across the gap to the lead­ers I was able to, and I felt re­ally

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