More solid points for Brit after he takes a gam­ble on tyre choice in France

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON MO­TOGP REPORTER si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­

Cal Crutchlow ad­mit­ted that he was just pleased to come home safely in Sun­day’s French Grand prix after se­cur­ing fifth at a track that doesn’t suit his LCR Honda ma­chine.

Mak­ing a rare de­ci­sion be­fore the start of Sun­day’s race to de­vi­ate from fel­low Honda rider Marc Mar­quez’s choice of medium front tyre and elect- ing to go with the hard, Crutchlow ad­mit­ted after the race that he be­lieves he made the right call and came away with as good a re­sult as he could have hoped for.

“I was happy enough with the race, and I think I made the right choice with the front tyre. There were pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives, but I fin­ished the race and Marc didn’t (with the medium). His­tor­i­cally it’s bet­ter for us if we choose the same tyre, and he still be­lieves that he made the right call – but he didn’t fin­ish the race.

“I was happy enough with the race, con­sid­er­ing I was strug­gling to turn the bike with the front tyre. I wouldn’t have been strug­gling to turn as much with the medium tyre. But with laps to go I thought I could come back and re­ally make a charge, but I got to Dovi and his pace was re­ally slow. And then I passed him and he some­how man­aged to fol­low me.”

And, de­spite us­ing the hard front tyre to make the most of his late brak­ing style and the strengths of the Honda RC213V, there was lit­tle that Crutchlow could do to counter the strengths of Dovizioso and the Du­cati GP17.

“I know when they are in the slip­stream, they gain so much time. He was los­ing six tenths a lap in front of me on the brakes, and when he was fol­low­ing me he was gain­ing the same six tenths back be­cause he just stayed in the slip­stream.

“And then he pressed the switch in the end to give him the rocket mode and he blasted me in the back straight, and that was it – good­night Vi­enna. But I’m still happy to fin­ish. The aim of the week­end was to fin­ish in the top six so I re­ally can’t com­plain and now we can look to the next race and fight­ing for more points.”

‘ The aim was to fin­ish in the top six so I re­ally can’t com­plain’ CAL CRUTCHLOW

Cal ex­plains to his team why the hard front tyre is bet­ter...

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