Mar­quez fights back af­ter 5 crashes

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Cal Crutchlow came away from another Mo­togp week­end be­moan­ing what could have been, af­ter a qual­i­fy­ing crash left him too far back on the grid and un­able to repli­cate the pace of the Rep­sol Honda men who se­cured podium fin­ishes.

Fall­ing dur­ing Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing, Crutchlow started from 17th. Us­ing the hard rear tyre he was un­able to cap­i­talise on any­thing bet­ter than 11th at the che­quered flag as he too suf­fered with tyre degra­da­tion on the abra­sive cir­cuit.

“Hon­estly, I was cruis­ing around. I wasn’t even push­ing; I was just rid­ing around. We chose the hard tyre think­ing it was go­ing to be great and ours was just a joke. But no ex­cuses; it was my own fault qual­i­fy­ing 17th. If I had qual­i­fied in the top eight I prob­a­bly would have gone with a dif­fer­ent tac­tic and gone with the medium rear.

“But I had noth­ing to lose from 17th and I thought that I would be go­ing to­wards the podium be­cause I thought ev­ery­one would drop, like they did, but I thought I wouldn’t drop as much.”

A crash on Satur­day cost Crutchlow a de­cent grid po­si­tion

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