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Crutchlow expecting more come qualifying

Cal Crutchlow raises his expectations after a positive start to the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
Cal Crutchlow feels eighth place is not a true reflection of his ultimate pace following the first day of free practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, the Briton confident he can strive for a good grid slot in qualifying.

Having failed to make the most of his pace at the German Grand Prix less than a week ago, Crutchlow comes to Mugello keen to make amends, but while he would end the day six tenths off the ultimate pace, he insists his good consistency is more indicative of his potential.

“It was a decent day and my final position in eighth is probably not a true indication of my speed at the moment," the Tech 3 Yamaha rider said. "I am sure I could be much faster but I didn't really push for a fast time and concentrated a lot on working on the set-up for the race.

“There are a couple of areas we can improve the bike but I am confident we can do that and I will be fighting for a good grid position tomorrow. I lost a bit of time this morning with a small technical problem but I was still able to set a fast and consistent pace all day.

“My potential is definitely higher than eighth, so I am looking forward to tomorrow and carrying on the good work we have completed today.”

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craig whittaker

July 13, 2012 4:20 PM

What actually do you know what went down between Cal and his crew on set up work, whilst sitting there from your armchair markg, who's to say he wasn't doing what he said he was, which is trying to set the bike up for race pace, instead of going for all out fast qualifying times from the off. Danny Pedrosa regularly spends a lot of his time down the timing sheets all weekend whilst working on race settings, only to come up to the top or near about's late Saturday afternoon. Too many armchair racers and engineers man.


July 13, 2012 4:21 PM

It really seems like there is a script most of the riders follow not really saying anything. I wish they would actually talk about what they are doing set-up wise, the problems they are having and what they tried to make the bike work better. So I really dont think it is filler, smoke screen as it is they same ole script the riders are following. That being said I really hope we have a good race with Cal, Ben, Dovi, Bradl, hell anybody up on the sharpe end racing with the usual suspects for the win and podium spots. It is just FP1 so come time when the green flag drops hopefully we can see some close racing at the front. Go on about your business getting the set-up right for the race and good luck Mr. Crutchlow !!!

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