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Crutchlow makes most of Brno test

"I know I've got to improve myself and adapt my style more and I've worked on that a lot today" - Cal Crutchlow.
After the disappointment of another race day crash in Sunday's Czech Grand Prix, MotoGP rookie Cal Crutchlow worked on improving both his bike and riding style in Monday's Brno test.

Crutchlow was tenth, one place behind Monster Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards, when he suffered another front-end fall on lap seven of the race, marking his fourth DNF of the year.

The former World Supersport champion and WSBK race winner has only scored four points from the last five rounds - since breaking his collarbone at Silverstone - compared with 30 points in the first five rounds.

The rare chance to test was thus greatly appreciated by Crutchlow, who rode for 74 laps on Monday.

The 25-year-old set a best lap time of 1min 57.591sec, which was 0.864sec from the fastest 800cc rider - Factory Yamaha world champion's Jorge Lorenzo - as Crutchlow also beat his Saturday qualifying time by 0.2sec.

“In the morning we didn't change the bike and I just went out and did some laps and I was doing low 58s on old tyres, so that makes me feel even more disappointed with the crash in the race because that pace would have put me on for a good result," began Crutchlow.

"The front-end could still be better, but we've definitely been working in the right direction and we're trying to figure out how we can make more improvements. But this process isn't just about working on making the bike better."

Indeed, Crutchlow revealed that he had worked as much on his braking technique as he had on the bike.

"I know I've got to improve myself and adapt my style more and I've worked on that a lot today," said Cal. "At the moment some laps I'm braking much better and how I should be and others I go back to my normal style, but that is all part of the learning process and why this test has been so valuable.

"I still need to release the brake earlier to help me carry more corner speed, so I'll be working on improving more in that area in the future. My crew have worked really hard today after a long weekend, so credit to them for that. It was a good day and I can take some confidence to Indianapolis now.”

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mr_long - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 1:46 PM

I cant see how Cal will lose his ride after this season as he's got a two year contract in MotoGP with Tech 3. If he's been told his style is wrong and that he needs to let the brake off earlier then I would assume the team have told him this so that must be what he needs to do. As for the comments bashing him, well I guess Yamaha must just not have the knowledge to make such educated decisions as you guys, after all, what do they know about spotting talent?


August 17, 2011 11:46 AM

Cal is having a terribe patch at the moment and his frustration is showing.His demeanor and body language say more than words.He needs some solid rides till the end of the season to get his mind back in focus.Come on Cal mate,get it together.

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