2 September 2013
British MotoGP: 'Bad weekend' but Crutchlow praises marshals, fans
“It was just that the pace this year was ridiculous. I'm sure Valentino will think the same about Jorge, we can't understand how they are going so fast. To do a 2m 1s [Marquez] on the last lap...
“We need to go away from here, see what I need to do about my arm and regroup before Misano.
“But for sure I'm pissed off. I should have done better this weekend. We finished seventh because I crashed on Saturday morning and we lost too much time.”
Whilst critical of his own performance, Crutchlow had nothing but praise for the British fans and marshals.
Moments after Crutchlow fell in warm-up, title leader Marc Marquez lost control in exactly the same place. Marquez's Honda was sent skipping across the gravel, straight towards Crutchlow and the marshals about to retrieve his M1.
Fortunately another marshal was keeping watch and able to warn them of the danger. Crutchlow and the marshals around him leapt clear just before Marquez's Honda smashed into, and over, the stricken Yamaha.
“A lot of marshals around the world could learn from that example, because they had one guy watching the track while the others were picking the bike up,” explained Crutchlow. “I've never known that - and if it wasn't for that four guys would have been hammered, possibly including me. So they did a great job.
“It shows how dangerous it is, but my first concern afterwards was that Marc was ok, because you could see he was holding his shoulder.”
Marquez was later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder - but still almost won the race - and received two 'Penalty Points' for not slowing down when the yellow flags were waved for Crutchlow's incident.
Marquez said he hadn't seen the flags, while Crutchlow was adamant that just because Marquez fell where flags were being waved didn't automatically mean he been reckless. “I don't believe he should have been penalised - he could have fallen even if he was going slower and not loaded the front enough,” Crutchlow said.
In addition to the huge race day crowd, 53,250 fans were present for qualifying and 32,300 for Friday practice, making a weekend total of 159,006. Crutchlow was disappointed not to be able to reward them with a podium, or even a first win, but was pleased that the home fans were able to see countryman Scott Redding win the Moto2 race. He also gave credit to his rookie team-mate Bradley Smith for a ninth place finish after a mistake free weekend.
“Bradley rode well and congratulations to Scott. It must be amazing to take a home grand prix win. The guys did the Brits proud. No doubt about it. The fans were amazing. I finished seventh and the fans were still clapping and cheering me, which is nice because it shows they know I've had three big crashes and didn't give up. I'm glad the other guys put on a bit of a show for them!
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