LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow finished the opening day of the Catalan Grand Prix down the timesheets after suffering a fall during Friday’s second free practice session. Following a difficult weekend in Mugello last time out, the Briton is looking to bounce back in round seven of the MotoGP World Championship in Barcelona.
Things went to plan for Crutchlow during a damp morning session at the Circuit de Barcelona as he finished second in FP1, narrowly behind home favourite Marc Marquez. However, he was unable to build on that momentum in the afternoon with the track having dried out. As he prepared to try and produce a fast lap towards the end of FP2 he suffered a heavy fall from his RC213V which ensured he finished the opening day down in 20th position.
Fortunately, the 31-year-old walked away unharmed from the incident and remains positive that he can prove competitive during Saturday’s qualifying.
Cal Crutchlow – 20th (1’46.201 – lap 3 of 14)
“I didn’t want other riders following me so I went slower and slower on the out lap which meant I didn’t have enough heat in my front tyre. We know the hard front tyre is fine here as we used it during the test, so there’s no problem with that. But it was a fast crash, when they slap like that it hurts and the shame was I think we have a very good pace here this weekend”“I felt great in the earlier part of the session with the used tyres from this morning and then when I put the new one on that happened. Obviously we are quite a long way back at the moment, but I look forward to improving in the morning and think we can be competitive this weekend.”