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Phillip Island MotoGP Test: Crutchlow's long run thwarted by tyre wear

Ducati's Cal Crutchlow cut short his planned full race simulation at the Phillip Island MotoGP tyre test after his front Bridgestone went off
Cal Crutchlow was left with an overriding feeling of disappointment after the Ducati star's attempted full race simulation was thwarted by a 'destroyed' front tyre on Wednesday.

Crutchlow managed 18 laps of his long run on the 'Open' machine at the Phillip Island tyre test before pulling in on safety grounds. The full race distance is 27 laps.

“We wanted to concentrate on long runs today. We wanted to make a full race simulation, which I planned to do this afternoon, but I had to abort the simulation after 18 laps - which I was really disappointed about - because the front tyre fell to pieces,” the British rider told the official MotoGP website.

“We were very consistent in the long run, but it was too much risk to carry on. When I came in the pits the front tyre was destroyed.

“The [rear tyre] option that I choose to do the long run on, I had never even tried. I just went out and carried on,” he added.

“I should have actually chosen the other rear tyre, but it seems that the 18 laps I did on that tyre were not too bad.

“It was not my preferred choice, or the best tyre we had here, but it seemed that the consistency was good.”

Crutchlow was fourth quickest on the final day in Australia with a time of 1m 29.606s which was 0.538s down on the top lap by Jorge Lorenzo.

He ended test in fifth position on the combined time sheets, half-a-second behind Lorenzo, but was much closer to the top during his race simulations.

"At no point did I push for a one-off lap time over the three days, so I'm confident we could have made an improvement if we'd needed to, but the test was about evaluating the tyres for Bridgestone and I wasn't taking any unnecessary risks.”

Third on the timesheets, team-mate Andrea Dovizoso didn't completed a long run this week but is looking ahead to the new season with confidence.

“Unfortunately I wasn't feeling at 100% these days, but when I was able to lap my feeling with the bike was good and so I'm pretty satisfied with this test at Phillip Island. We continued development work on the GP14 and on this track, which is very different to Sepang, we were again able to obtain results that make us feel confident for the future. Our pre-season tests have been quite positive and now I can't wait for the championship to start.”


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