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Tough circuit but 'decent start' for Crutchlow

17 August 2013

Cal Crutchlow says he is in a positive mood following the first day of free practice for the Indianapolis MotoGP, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider posting the fifth fastest lap.

His first race weekend since announcing he will become a Ducati factory rider in 2014, Crutchlow made a strong start with the second fastest time in FP1 and though he would slip to fifth by the end of FP2, he was a mere 0.3secs off the ultimate pace of Marc Marquez.

With this in mind, Crutchlow was pleased to be in the mix on a circuit that has traditionally been a stronghold for rivals Honda, whose riders filled the top three places on Friday, even if he relayed some concerns about its notorious 'bumps'.

“Overall it has been a good day because we know this is not the easiest track for Yamaha. All of us are quite close but I am sure we can make some improvements for the rest of the weekend.

"We tried a few different things on the bike and we need to find some more feeling from the front-end but it is a decent start and something to build on for tomorrow.

“This morning was quite tough because the track was so slippery and the bumps seem to be much worse than when we've been here before. And I don't remember the change in asphalt being so difficult, but it is the same for everybody.

"I believe the Honda maybe deals with [the slippery surface] a lot better than the Yamaha. We need to be able to run the corner speed. If the track's slippery, we struggle with that. But as the track cleans up, it seems we're getting a lot better. Hopefully by Sunday the grip will be good."


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