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Crutchlow shrugs off fall

"Small crash at end but I am fine" - Cal Crutchlow.
MotoGP rookie Cal Crutchlow suffered a fall from his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 late on day two of the Sepang test.

Despite the off, the former World Supersport championship improved from 16th to 15th out of the 20 riders present, having improved his lap time by almost one second.

“Good day today and was happy at the end,” Crutchlow, who is recovering from similar shoulder surgery to Valentino Rossi, wrote on his Twitter page.

“Improved lap time 1 second from yesterday and was consistent enough. Small crash at end but I am fine. No real reason other than track was greasy because so hot.

"Pace isn't too bad from last year's race. Hope to improve tomorrow try more settings and do some more laps.”

Of the 17-race riders present, Crutchlow was faster than multiple MotoGP winner Loris Capirossi (Pramac Ducati) and fellow rookie Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Ducati).



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mr_long - Unregistered

February 02, 2011 3:37 PM

I think he's doing a decent job. Everythings new to him and the times he's managing compared to the others are decent. Obviously you need to stay on the bike and get the laps in but least now he should have an idea about the character of the Bridgestones when they let go.

Don-R

February 02, 2011 3:58 PM

Considering he still has that shoulder in a heavy brace and is only able to do short runs, I'm sure he's about where he expected to be right now. Sounds like he's been doing stints on hard tires to try and get used to the feel of them. If a rider of Rossi's calibre and experience can only place 13th while dealing with the same injury and learning a new bike, then why would anyone think that CC - who's also having to learn the track and adjust to Bridgestones and carbon brakes - could do much better? And yeah, crashes are part of the learning curve. Same for K.Abraham. You don't find the limit until you cross it.



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