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Crutchlow pleased with 1000cc debut

"You can immediately feel the extra horsepower, which is impressive, but I'm happy because I could keep a very consistent pace" - Cal Crutchlow.
2011 MotoGP Rookie of the Year Cal Crutchlow finished his debut test on a 1000cc grand prix bike with the fourth fastest lap time after two-days at Valencia.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, who has won races on 1000cc machinery at World Superbike level, set a best lap time 0.743sec behind Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and only 0.212sec from top M1 rider Ben Spies.

“This was a very important test to get used to the new 1000cc YZR-M1 and thankfully the weather was in our favour and we could get in a lot of laps to understand the early potential of the bike," said the Englishman.

"The 1000 seems to suit my style a little better and I have to say that Yamaha has done a very good job and we are already working from a strong base. The bike feels quite similar to the 800 YZR-M1 but Yamaha has managed to keep the strong points of this year's bike.

"You can immediately feel the extra horsepower, which is impressive, but I'm happy because I could keep a very consistent pace.

"I'm looking forward to the winter break now. I learned a lot in my first season in MotoGP that will help me be much stronger in 2012."

New team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was one place and 0.7sec behind Crutchlow on the 16-rider timesheet.



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Don-R

November 10, 2011 11:31 AM

"The bike seems to suit my style a little better" More than a little it seems. That time is almost 2s faster than his qualifying lap. This is the package of bike and tyres that Cal has been waiting for, so it's good to see that he's making the most of it and laying down some impressive early markers for 2012. It's been a tough old season for him with plenty of low points and some nasty injuries, but I'm glad he's had the determination to weather it out and improve himself, it's what you need to do in this game.

Don-R

November 10, 2011 12:14 PM

@ Sweeble A while ago I might have agreed but he's certainly putting it down now. Only 3s from a podium in the Valencia race, ROTY, and now .7s faster than his teammate who just finished 3rd in the WC. That's what you call hitting your marks. He's definitely learned the hard way this year but he appears to have learned well, and everything is pointing towards him having a far stronger season in 2012.



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