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British MotoGP: 'Bad weekend' but Crutchlow praises marshals, fans

"...If it wasn't for that, four guys would have been hammered, possibly including me. The marshals did a great job" - Cal Crutchlow.
Battered home hero Cal Crutchlow was bitterly disappointed not to have been able to reward the record 73,456 Silverstone crowd with a better result in Sunday's British MotoGP.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star had been hospitalised on the Saturday at both previous home appearances - and had the British crowd holding their breath again after a massive 185mph fall at the start of day two at this year's event.

Despite a further practice fall, Crutchlow rallied to a front row place in qualifying - “with new tyres you can mask the problems” - but the lost set-up time and physical damage in the form of a deep right-arm abrasion meant he faced an uphill struggle.

Any chance of a last-gasp set-up breakthrough then disappeared with a third fall in the chilly morning warm-up, and the Englishman was left to claim a subdued seventh in the race.

“What went wrong was I crashed on Saturday morning and we were too indecisive with which fuel tank to use. But ultimately I didn't perform and no excuses,” said Crutchlow. “I had a bad weekend, crashed and my arm is a f**king mess. I'm going to see tomorrow morning about getting it operated on because there is too much fluid in it.

“The arm is over twice the size it should be. It needs draining. As soon as I hit the grass yesterday something 'exploded' in my arm.

“The swelling and lack of strength meant I wasn't able to brake how I wanted to in the race. I was just riding around badly, out of breath, no bike set-up and was just happy to finish. And that's not like me at all. I know I can go fast around here but I just never got it done this weekend.

“Thanks to the team because, f**k, they've been through some shit this weekend. Luckily Bradley [team-mate] rode well over the weekend and never crashed. If he had crashed it would have been a disaster. The bike I went to the grid on was absolutely covered in gravel rash, because we've got no parts.

“That's just the way it goes. I can't thank the team enough for building me bikes fast enough to get me out on the grid. I tried my best, tried my hardest and the overall race time was a lot faster than when I finished sixth last year.



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TheVimtoMoustache

September 01, 2013 10:05 PM

Amazing! If Cal had been even winded and on the ground a few seconds more,it could have been tragic,but still the only thing people can comment on is a bad race for the guy! Well done people. Respect to the Marshalls:the unsung heroes of motorsport.



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