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Test serves as confidence boost for Crutchlow
17 September 2013
Cal Crutchlow says yesterday's test at Misano gave the British rider a timely confidence boost as he looks to rediscover his best form in MotoGP.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider, who finished sixth in Sunday's San Marino MotoGP after being overtaken on the final lap by LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, made some improvements on braking with his satellite YZR-M1 during the post-race test.
Crutchlow, whose hopes of a dream result at Silverstone were hindered by three crashes during practice and qualifying, said: “I am very happy with how the test went today. I think the chance to ride without the pressure of a race weekend came at a good time for me and I was able to gain more confidence with my YZR-M1.
“I now need to make sure we carry on the momentum gained at the next race in Aragon. I found some good improvements with the braking.
“Not so much in the initial braking but certainly in the last phase of braking and that will help me in future races,” he added.
“I went faster and I was able to stop the bike in a shorter distance than I could all weekend, so that is positive.”
Crutchlow's best time yesterday of 1m 33.780 seconds left him fourth overall left him 0.516s down on Marc Marquez at the top and 0.120s behind Valentino Rossi in fourth.
“I am pleased with the progress because my pace all day was consistent and a lot better than the race weekend. The new hard rear tyre from Bridgestone was also very positive,” he said.
The 27-year-old also tested a new compound Bridgestone rear tyre and set his quickest time on the new rubber.
“I did 28-laps on it and I did my fastest time right at the end, so Bridgestone has done an excellent job and it is great they have taken our feedback on board and made a good change in the right direction.”
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