CAL’S ER­ROR BLOWS ‘YEAR’S EAS­I­EST PODIUM’

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Cal Crutchlow has ad­mit­ted that a mis­take of his own mak­ing cost him the chance to make it three top four fin­ishes from the first four races of the year, af­ter a mis­take in the early stages of Sun­day’s race dropped him out of con­tention for what he says would have been one of his eas­i­est podium fin­ishes of the sea­son.

“I could have very eas­ily been on the podium, be­cause the pace wasn’t very fast from Jorge or Zarco on the laps af­ter I crashed. It was a big missed op­por­tu­nity for me, but it was my own fault that I crashed.”

Crutchlow also re­vealed to MCN that the week­end was about test­ing, fol­low­ing a one-day test at Le Mans last week. With the Rep­sol Honda pair of Dani Pe­drosa and Marc Mar­quez sit­ting out the test, Crutchlow in­her­ited the role of de­vel­op­ment rider for the Ja­panese firm. He then went on to assess a slew of new parts through­out the Jerez race week­end, ad­mit­ting that while it might have cost him a chance at a podium, in the long run it would be ben­e­fi­cial for him.

“It’s noth­ing ma­jor, but it just makes the bike a lit­tle bit more ride­able. But you have to look at the grand scheme of things as well. Will it help me im­prove my lap time at the mo­ment? No, not re­ally. But maybe in three or four races it will help. Will it help in the man­u­fac­turer’s cham­pi­onship? Yes. Will it help in my cause to be faster over a sea­son? Yes, I think so – so it’s a win-win for that rea­son.”

‘It was a big missed op­por­tu­nity, but it was my fault’ CAL CRUTCHLOW

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