Courtesy of LCR Honda CASTROL

LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow enjoyed a solid first day at the final pre-season test as preparations for the 2018 MotoGP championship intensified in Qatar. The Briton finished the day as the top Honda rider after posting the ninth fastest time overall at the Losail International Circuit.

Crutchlow completed a total of 45 laps on Thursday having opted to wait until the evening before heading out on to the track. He posted a quickest time of 1’55.536, which put him just ahead of fellow factory Honda riders Marc Marquez (10th) and Dani Pedrosa (11th).

Cal Crutchlow – 9th
(1’55.536 – lap 27 of 45)
I’m very happy with today’s test, I feel good on the bike and the team worked well. It’s tricky out here on the track in the night sometimes, but it seemed in not too bad condition today. We got through our testing schedule for the day and we’re very happy with the way it went”.

“So far, so good. We have a plan tomorrow to work through some different settings with the bike because essentially it’s the same bike as last year, it just has a different engine. So we have to try and make the best package possible. Today we went out only when it was dark, but tomorrow maybe we’ll try during the day.”



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