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Tech 3 Yamaha one-two at Brno test

“It has been a great weekend. I signed a new contract, got my best grid position, scored my first ever MotoGP podium and then set the fastest time at the test” – Cal Crutchlow.
Cal Crutchlow provided the perfect finish to a 'great weekend' by leading a Tech 3 Yamaha one-two during MotoGP testing at Brno in the Czech Republic on Monday.

Less than 24 hours after claiming a debut MotoGP podium, Crutchlow was quickly back in the groove as he assessed a range of different M1 settings during 47 laps.

The Briton spent the majority of his laps on worn Bridgestone tyres and was able to set a fast and consistent pace throughout. Crutchlow's best time of 1m 56.461s put him at the top of the timesheets by 0.117s from Dovizioso.

"It was a good test and I was really pleased with my times,” said Crutchlow. “We did the whole morning and the first run of the afternoon on the same rear tyre and it was an old one from qualifying on Saturday. I did a 56.9 on it, which is basically as fast as my race pace and it had 44 laps on it.

“We tried some different settings but the only problem I have with this bike now is we make some big changes but the lap time is the same, so you never know which direction to go in.

“In practice for the race on Friday I struggled with the hard tyre but today I tested it again and I was lot faster and consistent as well, so that was a big positive.

“We can leave Brno really happy because it has been a great weekend. I signed a new contract with the Yamaha Tech 3 Team, got my best grid position, scored my first ever MotoGP podium and then set the fastest time at the test today.

“We can go to Misano in a positive frame of mind and I'm confident we will be challenging close to the front again.”

Fourth in yesterday's 22-lap race, Dovizioso also tried different set-up options with his prime focus on improving mid-corner speed.

The Italian, who has scored five podiums this year, was leading the timesheets when he concluded testing at lunchtime.

“It was a positive test today because we tried to understand if a different set-up could help give me more corner speed compared to the race, particularly in the middle of the corner,” he said.

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August 28, 2012 7:43 AM

@dylan. I sometimes wonder if people who post on here actually watch bike racing at all or just follow what is being said on forums?? Whilst what you say is technically true, Cal has been knocking on the door of a podium all year, dont forget Dovi has years more experience on a not only a Motogp bike, but Gp's in general, he also finished 3rd in the WORLD championship last year, so for Cal to be 28 points behind Dovi on the same bike in only his second year of Motogp is actually some achievement. No-one is suggesting Cal is an Alien or the best thing since sliced bread, they are simply pointing out to armchair critics that he is good and deserves his ride.

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