TOP FIVE FOR CALCULATING CRUTCHLOW
More solid points for Brit after he takes a gamble on tyre choice in France
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...