PRES­SURE COOKS CRUTCHLOW

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Cal Crutchlow was thwarted in his am­bi­tions to take an­other strong re­sult at one of his best cir­cuits when a tyre pres­sure warn­ing forced him to drop out of the bat­tle for fourth place early on in Sun­day’s Ger­man Grand Prix.

And, with high am­bi­tions at a track that suits the Honda RC213V to a tee and where he fin­ished sec­ond in 2016, the Brit was left fum­ing af­ter be­ing de­nied his chance to get stuck in.

“It was prob­a­bly the most dis­ap­point­ing race of the year – I’ve crashed out of races this year and been hap­pier. I’m glad that it’s over and that I can go into the break and put it be­hind me.”

The tyre pres­sure is­sue has been a prob­lem be­fore and is caused by the ex­treme load that the Honda rid­ers are forced to put the front tyre un­der in or­der to main­tain their ad­van­tage into cor­ners on the slow-to-ac­cel­er­ate bike.

That gen­er­ates in­creased heat and with it pres­sure – and was enough to bring Crutchlow’s top-five chal­lenge to a pre­ma­ture end.

“We have a warn­ing light on the dash and it came on af­ter three laps. And the data showed that af­ter three laps it was al­ready way higher than it’s been in any race this year. So 27 laps later, you can imag­ine how much I had to man­age it. We should have an­tic­i­pated it be­fore the race, but we didn’t.

“I had to ride alone and get fresh air or I wasn’t go­ing to fin­ish. I nearly went down two or three times in those first two or three laps. I was con­fi­dent that I could have done my own rhythm and my own pace when I made my pass on Valentino, but he passed me right back. My pace wasn’t much worse than the race lead­ers, but I fin­ished tenth.”

‘ The warn­ing light came on af­ter just three laps’ CAL CRUTCHLOW

Cal was in the mix be­fore tyre trou­bles struck

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