Cal Crutchlow has played down his chances of causing an upset in this weekend's Spanish MotoGP at Jerez - and of entering the Suzuka 8 Hours alongside Valentino Rossi.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star has been the top satellite rider in both the opening events of the season, and also set the pace during the pre-season test at Jerez in March.
“It's nice to come back to Jerez. The test was difficult because we had some rain and damp patches, but we fared quite well in those conditions,” said Crutchlow
“But I think it will be one of the most difficult races of the year, and it's a track that is tricky for anyone to get away at the front. In some areas its suits both the Yamaha and Honda, and last year the Ducati was there at the start.
“I'm looking forward to it. We've had a not too bad start to the year, fifth and a fourth.”
Now in his third season in MotoGP, the former World Supersport champion insists he is still learning and will be satisfied as long as he keeps progressing.
“Obviously there is more I can do. You have to learn. You gain experience every time you ride. You don't take massive steps - I won't win the race by one minute all of a sudden I can tell you that! We'll just keep going the way we are going and keep progressing.”
Asked about rumours that he and Rossi might enter this year's Suzuka Eight Hours endurance race, the Englishman replied:
“It's a gruelling event. Of course I'd look at it but it's not something that's been openly discussed. My concentration is on MotoGP and to do the best job I can here for Monster Yamaha Tech 3. If an opening arises to go there I can at least go and battle with Kevin! We'll see it may happen it may not. I've heard nothing so far.”
1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz
announced a shock Suzuka entry earlier this week.