By Stephen English
Cal Crutchlow dismissed any notion that he will be under increased pressure from Yamaha to challenge the Honda riders in this weekend's Dutch TT, following Jorge Lorenzo's collarbone-breaking accident.
With the Spaniard missing this weekend's race, Yamaha will be hoping their main championship contender loses as little ground as possible to Honda's title leader Dani Pedrosa.
When asked if he will now be approaching this race any differently, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star Crutchlow said:
"No, I ride for Herve so I will do my own job and ride for our team. My job is to finish as high as I can and my job is to beat the factory Yamaha riders and to beat Jorge."
When asked about the track conditions in the wet, Crutchlow explained why he believes Lorenzo was caught out.
"It is slippy on the white line, but about six inches before the white line is also slippy. When they paint the white line that spray is [on the track] by about half a foot.
“So Jorge probably never touched the white line, but when he went onto the six inch patch beside the white line he would have been sucked towards the white line.
“It could have happened to anyone. It's unfortunate that it happened to Jorge because he was going to be the man to beat again this weekend.”
Crutchlow - second in the dry and seventh in the wet on Thursday - was happy with his bike, but felt that in the dry he needed to find some extra time in the opening sector of the lap where he was consistently losing a quarter of a second to Lorenzo.
"I felt quite comfortable in the wet," said the Englishman. "I didn't really take too many risks, we saw what can happen when you take risks today. I was quite happy with the set-up in the rain but in the dry we need to find a better setting for sector one."
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