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Valencia MotoGP Test: Crutchlow adopts more cautious approach

'I can't really say we found any particular setting that was a big advantage or a big disadvantage' - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow was less concerned with pushing for a fast lap time on the final day of the Valencia MotoGP test as he focused on familiarising himself with the factory Ducati.

The British rider adopted a more cautious approach following a spill on Tuesday and although Crutchlow was unable to find a setting that represented a big step forward, neither did he take a step backwards as Ducati concluded its testing programme in Spain.

Crutchlow, who reduced his best lap time by 0.239s for tenth place on the Wednesday timesheets, said: “Today was a day about getting to know the team better and riding the Desmosedici some more.

“I can't really say we found any particular setting that was a big advantage or a big disadvantage.

“I continue to give clear feedback and really reiterate what the other guys were saying, which is a key point that's good; I've just come off another manufacturer's motorcycle, so it's good for Ducati that my feedback matches theirs,” he added.

With changes certain to be made for the 2014 Desmosedici, being designed under the leadership of new Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna and which will debut at Sepang in February, Crutchlow saw little point in pushing for a time attack on a bike that clearly struggled throughout the 2013 season.

“We didn't need to push for a lap time. I was a little more cautious today than the other days, but overall, I think we gave Gigi and the Ducati guys something to work on over the winter. Now I look forward to the Sepang test.”

Although 1.588s from Honda pace setter Marc Marquez, Crutchlow was already a close match for Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, lapping a mere 0.156s slower than the Italian.

Just behind the Englishman was Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, who focused on testing chassis updates with the 'laboratory' bike.

Andrea Iannone was the leading Ducati rider on the Pramac machine in seventh place, 0.281s ahead of Crutchlow.

Crutchlow's former Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Bradley Smith was second fastest with new signing Pol Espargaro sixth.

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November 13, 2013 7:13 PM

Every rider is going to push the bike to see what it can do. Not over the limit, of course, but they have to at least get up to race pace in order to provide useful feedback for the engineers. When a riders says, "hey I don't care about lap times, I just want to get comfortable", it's a polite way of saying, "I pushed it but still it wasn't very fast. We've got a lot of work to do."


November 14, 2013 2:50 AM

I can't wait to see what Ducati bring to the party next year and I for one really hope that it's an all new bike and able to run at the front from the off. Good luck to Gigi, Cal, Dovi and all the guys at the team - they could sure use some on top of all the hard work ahead!

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