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Frustration for Crutchlow at Cadwell.

Cal Crutchlow was unable to hide his disappointment after falling away in the battle for second place in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship following two frustrating races at Cadwell Park.

Looking to protect a slender margin over Tom Sykes in the standings, Crutchlow was confident of a good performance over the weekend but while he got a good start in both races, problems would eventually conspire against him.

Running third in the first race, Crutchlow pursued the leaders in the early stages but began to suffer from severe chatter after just a few laps. Quickly slipping into the clutches of Shane Byrne, Leon Camier and Michael Rutter, Crutchlow was forced down into an eventual fifth place, much to his frustration.

“In race one I was confident that I could stay with the boys but the bike had so much chatter. In the first corner it was fine, but the bike was chattering everywhere else, it was a real problem. On the throttle it was fine, but when you came off it, the problem occurred, I couldn't work it out.”

He fared even worse in the second race when he slid off whilst disputing the lead with Sykes. Catching the kerb on the run down to the hairpin, Crutchlow would regroup to finish an eventual 13th. However, his collection of 14 points does now drop him from second to fourth in the standings with six races remaining.

“In the second race I was comfortable behind Tom and feeling confident but I clipped the kerb and down I went. I got back on and worked hard for 13th, but I'm very disappointed. I just have to dig deep and look forward now to Croft."


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