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San Marino MotoGP: Crutchlow leaves day one misery behind

'This afternoon was much better and as I always do, I managed to pull something out of the bag in qualifying' - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow powered through to claim a second row start for tomorrow's San Marino MotoGP after a lacklustre display on Friday.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider endured a frustrating day during free practice yesterday, with the British rider 'struggling everywhere' as he battled with the set-up of his YZR-M1.

Crutchlow, battered and bruised following three spills during practice at Silverstone, found himself in an unusual tenth position at the end of day one, dropping into Q1 for the first time since the new format was introduced this year.

The Englishman admitted it was "embarrassing" to have been in Q1, but breezed through to Q2 with a best lap of 1m 34.694 seconds and boosted his performance this afternoon to finish in fifth position at the Marco Simoncelli circuit, knocking another 0.6s off his quickest time to maintain his superb record of not finishing outside the top five in 2013 qualifying.

Crutchlow, who will become a factory Ducati rider at the end of the season, said afterwards he was 'really pleased' with his final grid position.

"It has not been an easy weekend at all and having to go into QP1 for the first time this season was proof of that. So considering how difficult it has been I am really pleased to be starting on the second row of the grid,” he said.

"This afternoon was much better and as I always do, I managed to pull something out of the bag in qualifying. I am always strong in this situation but I really had to be today to get myself out of trouble.

"I pulled my finger out! I still didn't feel confident and we're still half a second off the other Yamaha's and some of it is the bike but the rest of it is me," added Crutchlow, who admitted he has lost confidence with the satellite M1.

"I'm still not confident on the bike and I lose everything in T3 which is funny because all year in any practice and qualifying session I've always been the fastest Yamaha in fast corners but now I'm the slowest so I'm obviously riding around like a baby!



Tagged as: Cal Crutchlow , Simoncelli

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Moto89

September 14, 2013 3:55 PM

As usual Cal pulls out a strong qualy lap when he needs it. He's good at doing that. let's see how his race pace holds up though, as it wasn't looking too strong during the free practice sessions

johnny13

September 15, 2013 11:24 AM

@meloveF1 Did you actually read any of the interview? As if you did you would have read Crutchy saying that the bike is slow BECAUSE of him, nothing to do with the M1. HE quote ''is riding round like a baby'' so please respect the fact that the boy is honest in his appraisal of his OWN lack of confidence. No wingeing just honesty about his failure to perform



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