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Crutchlow: Confidence resorted

Cal Crutchlow feels he has restored some of confidence with his run to tenth at Misano, even if Motorland Aragon represents another new venue for him.
Cal Crutchlow is looking to qualify and finish inside the top ten at Motorland Aragon following a couple of confidence-settling results at Indianapolis and Misano.

The Briton stopped a run of poor races with his tenth place finish at Misano, the first time he had featured inside the top ten since finishing seventh in the Catalunya Grand Prix.

Though he remains a fairly lowly 15th in the overall standings, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Crutchlow is feeling confident heading back to Spain to Motorland Aragon, insisting he has regained some composure with his Misano performance.

“I'm raring to start this weekend having spent a few days with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in France,” he said. “It has been great spending some quality time with the crew while also training hard after a couple of really physically demanding races in Indianapolis and Misano.

“We've managed to pick up a couple of respectable results recently to restore my confidence, but as a rider you always want more, so the goal this weekend will be to qualify and finish the race inside the top 10. Aragon is another track I've only ever seen on TV and I can't wait to ride it. It looks like a lot of fun with some undulation and some fast, sweeping corners.

“I think it might suit my style because it doesn't look like a circuit with a lot of strong braking points. It is never easy trying to learn a new track, but the confidence gained in the last couple of the races means we can start the weekend in a positive frame of mind.”

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September 13, 2011 5:21 PM

A big problem for Tech 3 is that after the best part of a season's development of the factory machines and improvements to other satellite bikes, the sat Yamahas are now woefully outpaced, as evidenced by recent speed charts. In Indy they were the 2 slowest bikes on the grid, and in Misano were also amongst the bottom 5, with only a couple of detuned Hondas and an ailing Capirossi slower. In Aragon the lack of top end means they're just going to be eaten alive on the long 6th gear back straight, and that's going to make it very tough for them. Realistically, the best chance of a top 6 finish was earlier in the year when the deficit to the factory machines wasn't quite so great.


September 14, 2011 9:07 AM

@ Kris I was referring to both Tech 3 riders, not just Crutchlow. They're both struggling with an underpowered motor. Quote from Edwards at Indy: "problem is the Yamaha is lacking grunt. I needed Fred Flintstone behind giving me a push to go faster.' Top speed is only part of the issue, the engine is lacking on acceleration throughout the rev range. In Indy, Barbera's satellite Ducati showed a top speed of 320.1 while the best a Tech 3 bike could manage was a 314.0. And similar again in Misano. And 5-6 kph difference on top end will make a difference! As for 'Stoner making the Honda look good'. No doubt he does, but Dani's not too shabby either. And how is that relevant to the satellite Yamahas being underpowered? We're not talking about the factory Yamahas here but the 2nd tier machines, which have had no upgrades or improvements throughout the season.

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