‘I don’t see any ma­jor competitors apart from Marc’

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‘It’s the re­sult of a tal­ented rider and skilled team’ LU­CIO CECCHINELLO

LCR Honda team boss and for­mer Grand Prix win­ner Lu­cio Cecchinello has cited Cal Crutchlow’s com­mit­ment to the team as a key fac­tor in his con­tin­u­ing suc­cess with the squad. Now in their fourth sea­son to­gether, the Ital­ian told MCN af­ter the race that he’s sure that it’s a large part of the rea­son why the Brit has been able to take three race vic­to­ries with the LCR squad.

He said: “Peo­ple have asked me why he looks more calm and more con­cen­trated this year, and I’m sure it’s the re­sult of three things. First for sure his tal­ent, and then be­cause he’s ac­cu­mu­lated more ex­pe­ri­ence with the bike. But also it’s the fourth year that we’re work­ing to­gether, and that’s very im­por­tant too.

“Ev­ery de­tail in a rac­ing team is very im­por­tant. For ex­am­ple, by the fourth year with the same team and the same crew and with the cor­rect peo­ple work­ing with you, com­mu­ni­ca­tion im­proves with the en­gi­neers. Some­times, it’s enough that you can see Cal look­ing at the en­gi­neers in a cer­tain way and al­ready you know what he wants.

“He knows the bike, he knows how we work, and we’ve been build­ing up a big­ger puz­zle so that you can see the com­plete pic­ture. What we’re do­ing now is the re­sult of a tal­ented rider and a skilled team work­ing to beat the big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world!”

And while there’s still 17 rounds of Mo­togp’s long­est ever sea­son to go, Cecchinello agreed with his rider’s as­sess­ment that this win is only the start of the good times.

“The bike has im­proved quite a lot, es­pe­cially on the en­gine side of things. We need to im­prove like ev­ery­one else, but we have a very good ma­chine and now we need to con­tinue to be fo­cused, to keep our feet on the ground, but to know in our hearts, our minds and our souls that we have ev­ery­thing we need to ex­cel and to win races. I don’t see any ma­jor competitors apart from Marc, and I think we can fight along­side him to oc­cupy one place on the podium quite per­ma­nently.”

Four years hard work at LCR is pay­ing off

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