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Crutchlow: 'I didn't even put my helmet on'
14 September 2012
Cal Crutchlow intends to “get down to business” tomorrow after skipping today's opening MotoGP practice sessions for the San Marino Grand Prix due to inclement weather.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider opted to remain in his garage as intermittent rain and a slippery track surface hampered preparations at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, renamed in memory of the flamboyant Italian.
Only nine riders posted times in the morning session, with 11 competitors venturing onto the course in the afternoon, when Karel Abraham's fastest time was almost 10 seconds off the lap record.
With conditions forecast to improve over the course of the weekend, Crutchlow decided to keep his powder dry, with fellow top guns Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa also choosing to remain in the pits.
“Today turned out to be quite strange because in both sessions I just sat in the garage waiting for the track conditions to improve,” he said.
“It is disappointing for everybody concerned and I feel sorry for the fans here and the people watching on TV at home.
“When the track is damp like that it is very hard to learn anything, so I didn't even put my helmet on.”
The British star, who claimed his maiden podium finish in MotoGP at Brno in the Czech Republic, has set his sights on a similar result on Sunday.
“It looks like the weather will improve for the rest of the weekend and I am looking forward to getting down to business tomorrow morning,” said Crutchlow.
“I gained a lot of confidence with my first podium in Brno recently and I can't wait to be back on my Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1.”