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Crutchlow pleased with Indianapolis improvements

Cal Crutchlow insists he is happy to be showing a marked improvement over his 2011 performance at Indianapolis, despite an FP1 tumble.
Cal Crutchlow feels he and the Tech 3 Yamaha team have made an evident 'jump' from his last outing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after setting the sixth best time in free practice.

The British rider endured one of his tougher events at Indianapolis last season by finishing in 11th, but while a crash during FP1 set him back initially, he bounced back to complete the sixth best time of the day in FP2.

Shrugging off the circumstances of the accident around a particularly slippery circuit, Crutchlow was pleased to prove competitive at a venue he otherwise struggled at in 2011.

"I think we're doing a good job,” he said. “The jump we've made from last year to this year is a big one, more than anyone else. I'm pleased enough at the minute to be running where we're running. Last year I finished I don't know where here, 12th, 10th or something like that.

“So already we've made a big improvement. We're already thereabouts with the time that we did last year, and the track's not in as good condition as last year. I think we're making improvements every time we come to the circuits."

“The tarmac's slick, don't get me wrong,” he added, regarding his tumble. “It's amazing; it's an amazing place because the last corner to Turn 4 is unbelievable grip; really, really good. You can really use the angle of these GP bikes. Then you get from Turn 5 to the rest of the circuit, and it's really slick. I think it just needs a little cleaning up.

“We'll clean it up with the more laps we do. I don't think it had anything to do with the crash. I think I hit a wet patch, and that was just unfortunate at that time of the free practice this morning."

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August 18, 2012 8:32 AM

Stories in foreign press have Cal possibly heading back to WSBK to partner Sykes at Kawasaki next year. I think that would be a pity, because I think he has more to offer in MotoGP. The improvement from last year to this is remarkable, and if he stays at Tech 3 (his best option IMHO) I think he can continue to improve. After all, he can go back to WSBK anytime - even up to 40, as Max and Carlos have proved.


August 18, 2012 12:03 PM
Last Edited 1079 days ago

Dovi is the more complete racer right now, there's no question about that. And so he should be, he's had 10 years' experience riding GP circuits and has been a MotoGP rider since 2008. That's a lot of riding at a very high level. The fact that Cal is at his heels after only a season and a half suggests a pretty dramatic learning curve. The only question is to what level he can keep on improving to.

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