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Cal Crutchlow displays fighting qualities again at Assen

'Once again I am contemplating what might have been because without the incident at the first corner I had the pace to be on the podium today' - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow's remarkable powers of recovery were once more put to the test as the British rider charged through the field to capture fifth place in the Dutch TT at Assen after running off track at the first corner.

The 26-year-old Yamaha Tech 3 star was forced to take evasive action as a result of the incident involving Jorge Lorenzo and Alvaro Bautista and crossed the line in 12th position after the opening lap.

Still carrying an ankle injury following his accident at Silverstone, Crutchlow was forced to dig deep once more but rapidly clawed back positions to catch Ducati riders Valentino Rossi, Hector Barbera and Nicky Hayden.

Crutchlow, heavily rumoured to have a factory Ducati offer for 2013, moved past the Desmosedicis and into fifth place on lap 16.

He then held station to secure his sixth top-five finish of the season, although for Crutchlow, it was yet again a case of what might have been.

“Once again I am contemplating what might have been because without the incident at the first corner I had the pace to be on the podium today,” he said.

“I was actually quite lucky to avoid being collected by Alvaro and Jorge but I still had to run off track and I was last.

“I'm glad Jorge was not hurt because the job he has done for Yamaha this season has been incredible and he didn't deserve that today,” he added.

“Alvaro was way too fast and I know he didn't do that intentionally but you have to be sensible when braking from high-speed for a tight first corner like that.”

On his valiant effort to make up ground, Crutchlow said he had no option but to 'put my head down' and rattle off the fast laps.

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Hemmy - Unregistered

June 30, 2012 10:08 PM

@English Alan, hmmmmmm. Cal has probably performed more overtakes in his last 2 races than any other rider on the grid has all season! Cal's overtaking is just fine. Regarding the Ducati's, you obviously missed the Ducati's pulling away from Cal out of the corners? Cal took 3 laps to get past all 3 of them, 2 of them experienced MotoGP WC's. Not bad for the least experienced guy with a injury id say. And so do all the people who know their stuff.

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