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