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Crutchlow: Argentina MotoGP venue 'very impressive'
4 July 2013
Cal Crutchlow was one of four riders to complete the first ever MotoGP laps of Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, during the start of a special two-day MotoGP test on Thursday.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider completed 29-laps in the pre-lunch Thursday session at the super-fast 4.8km track - part of a special promotional tour in anticipation of next year's MotoGP round.
“We have had an absolutely fantastic welcome in Argentina and after seeing the enthusiasm for MotoGP I'm really happy to be finally out on track to demonstrate what a spectacle the fans will see next year,” said Crutchlow, who set the second fastest lap time, albeit 2.5s behind LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, by the Thursday lunch break.
“The new track is very impressive and it is a really a good facility that Argentina can be very proud of. The track is still very dirty, so we are just enjoying riding around and learning as much as possible while also feeling the emotion of being one of the first ever to ride a prototype MotoGP bike here.
“It's incredible how many spectators came to welcome us and see us riding. Hopefully we can put on a good show next year and have a fantastic race because it certainly looks like it will take place in front of a huge crowd.
“The track has a good mix of long and fast corners and some are tight, so it is very important to get into a good rhythm. I really like Turn 6, which is a long and downhill corner. That is really cool to ride and I think the whole of the MotoGP grid is going to come here and love the track.”
As well as giving Argentinian fans their first taste of (four-stroke) MotoGP machinery, Crutchlow - like Bradl, Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) and Hector Barbera (Avintia) - is gathering data for his team and tyre supplier Bridgestone.
Moto2 riders Esteve Rabat and Nico Terol are also present.
Next year's grand prix will mark the first time the South American nation has played host to MotoGP since 1999, when the sport used two-stroke machinery.
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