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Crutchlow off pace in ninth at Motegi

'I am way down on the timesheets and a long way behind Andrea and we are both on the same bike and the same tyres, so it is clear that we have a lot of work to do to improve tomorrow' - Cal Crutchlow
British MotoGP battler Cal Crutchlow struggled to find a satisfactory setting on day one of the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi as he finished off the pace in ninth position.

The Coventry rider had predicted a difficult challenge at the Twin Ring circuit, where hard-braking and slow corners don't play to Crutchlow's strengths.

He focused on improving his feel on the Tech 3 Yamaha in the heavy braking zones, but could only manage ninth on the first day of practice without discovering a setting that allows him to push for a faster time.

Crutchlow's lap of 1m49.984s left him ninth on the combined leaderboard after FP1 and FP2 this morning, less than 0.1s off a top six position but with considerable ground to make up to the leading trio, including team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

His fastest time was almost 0.9s slower than Pedrosa's best effort and Crutchlow admits he has a lot on his plate as he seeks an improvement tomorrow.

“Today wasn't the start I was hoping for at all because we worked very hard to improve the bike but I was unable to find a comfortable setting,” he said.

“I am way down on the timesheets and a long way behind Andrea and we are both on the same bike and the same tyres, so it is clear that we have a lot of work to do to improve tomorrow.

“Nothing we tried seemed to work and give me the feeling I wanted and I certainly need to improve and be faster with the hard tyre because that might be the tyre I need to race with,” added the 26-year-old.

“There isn't one particular place where I am struggling.

“We have quite a few issues but I will sit down with my Yamaha Tech 3 crew tonight and see if we can come up with a solution to help me be more competitive tomorrow.”




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Ianblue - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 6:20 PM

Wake up Trolls how many seasons has Cal done compared to Dovi ??? Cal is very close to Dovi and is still learning once Cal strings it all together he will be up with the Aliens he is made of the right stuff It also shows what an excellent racer Dovi is so stop trolling and grow up Just so as you armchair racers know everyone on that grid from first to last is very very fast riders some just never get the best kit Ian



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