MotoGP »

Cal Crutchlow rues what might have been after Misano crash

'I am disappointed because looking at how the race unfolded I gave up a great chance to be back on the podium' - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow's bid for a second successive MotoGP podium came to an abrupt end when the Tech 3 Yamaha rider crashed out on the fifth lap of the San Marino Grand Prix.

The British ace, who stood on the rostrum for the first time at Brno in the Czech Republic, was confident of another top three finish after securing a front row start with a superb performance in qualifying on Saturday at Misano.

However, Crutchlow lost the front end of his YZR-M1 at the first corner on the fifth lap as he chased team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in fourth place.

He escaped unhurt, but his pride was dented afterwards as he admitted he squandered an excellent opportunity of a second successive podium.

“I am disappointed because looking at how the race unfolded I gave up a great chance to be back on the podium,” he said.

“Rossi and Bradl recovered quite a few points on me too today, so I need to get back on track in Aragon to make sure I keep fifth place in the world championship.”

Assessing the incident, Crutchlow said he was experiencing difficulty stopping the bike with a full fuel load in the early stages of the race.

“I got a really bad start from the front row and quickly lost a couple of places.

“Actually it was not that I missed the lights but I released the clutch and nothing happened because the clutch was already out and that was my mistake,” he explained.

“Luckily I managed to stay in fifth position but then it was really difficult to pass Andrea.

“On lap four I could see I was catching him a little but he is a demon on the brakes and I was also having a problem stopping the bike with a full fuel load.

“I wanted to pass him at the first corner but as soon as I got in the middle of the corner I lost the front,” he added.

“I got a bang on my left leg and thought it might be injured but the feeling came back quickly and I could have got back in the race.

“But the right handlebar was badly bent so the throttle didn't move.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Crutchlow crash, San Marino MotoGP 2012
Fabio Quartararo prepares for rookie Moto3 season (Repsol)
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Lorenzo, new exhaust, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Lorenzo, new exhaust, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Magneti Marelli dashbaord, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Melandri`s Aprilia, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Melandri`s Aprilia, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Melandri`s Aprilia, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


petrolbonce

September 16, 2012 10:12 PM

I'm British and I like Cal, I really do, but I think his chances are being blown out of all proportion. It doesn't help that the BBC commentary team spout such crap about him. He let himself be passed at the start, there was nothing unfair about it other people managed to pass him. Then he fell, it was entirely his own accident nobody forced it he just crashed pushing too hard. As usual it looked to the less intelligent (ie Steve Parrish) as if Cal were being held up. But that's just that Cal is faster entry to mid corner, but that's not to say he's the better racer. Cal still has trouble overtaking which is compounded by a tendency to lose places early on. Yes he's very, very fast, but he needs to work on his race craft as a whole before he can be a regular on the podium.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.