HERO TO ZERO FOR CAL
Race winner last time round, British hero highsides out at Sepang
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