A cold tyre accident ended Cal Crutchlow's chances of reaching MotoGP Qualifying 2 at the Sachsenring on Saturday.

The Englishman had been just 13th after third practice, sending him into Qualifying 1 alongside fellow Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Yonny Hernandez

Crutchlow was holding one of the two transfer places for Q2 when he fell at the notorious Turn 11 'Waterfall' corner while trying to improve and was subsequently pushed down to fifth and therefore 15th on the grid.

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"Last year [at Tech 3 Yamaha] were on podium pace and not in QP1 pace so there's a big difference between this year's crash and last year's crash," said Crutchlow. "Last year I was going 30km/h faster through the corner but today's crash was because we had no weight on the front of the bike.

"As usual when you accelerate you don't have enough load in the front. We also had a cold front tyre which is the risk when you do two slow laps before when there are too many people slowing down trying to follow.

"I slowed down too much and paid the price going through Turn 11 but I had no problem at Turn 1 and 3, the other right hand corners, and I pushed as usual and I feel that lap would have been my best of the weekend and put me into QP2 but I didn't finish the lap.

"I am disappointed because I think that pace wise we're a lot better than the position warrants so tomorrow we have to make up a few places in the race."

Crutchlow enjoyed his most successful MotoGP race in last year's German round, finishing runner-up to Marc Marquez by just 1.5s. Crutchlow also fell at Turn 11 in practice last year, but doesn't want the corner to be changed.

"Through Turn 11 last year I was the fastest Yamaha because I was willing to push that little bit harder through it, but there's a 30 kmp/h difference between last year and what I'm doing this year.

"When you don't have confidence with the bike and the bike won't let you do what you need it to do with it, it is difficult to go through that corner.

"It hasn't just caught me out this weekend it's caught out a few others as well. We've talked about this corner in recent years years but I don't think it should be altered. I've had two crashes there but I don't want it altered, maybe we should look at the tyre situation instead.

"The problem today was I never selected enough of the soft tyres and in the colder conditions we should have run the soft but we never chose it because last year's race tyre was the hard. So we have one soft left that I will use in the race.

"The tyre allocation is the key that could have resolved a lot of the problems for teams and riders."

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Team-mate Dovizioso did make it through to Qualifying 2 but could only manage eleventh place. Pramac's Andrea Iannone, the only Ducati rider to go straight to the pole shootout, qualified seventh.

Iannone, tipped to join the factory team if Crutchlow or Dovizioso do not continue next season, has been the fastest Desmosedici rider all weekend.

"I am very glad I was able to get the seventh position, since the beginning of the weekend we are the first Ducati, but the result that counts is tomorrow," he said.

"This is one of the hardest tracks we faced and it is very difficult to keep a small gap from the first, even if the track is so short. The team is working well, the weekend is going in the right direction and I honestly did not expect to be able to do this lap time, so I'm very happy with what we managed to do!"

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Excuses & more excuses.
One word Cal.
Iannone.

mark.james.7374: The future looked bright for Cal last year, but I'm afraid it's not looking good for you now cal, once you've had a bad season like your having, the riders at the sharp end are racing even harder and faster than before when you managed to get a few podiums with the tec3 bike, but the worse is to come cal, the duc he's riding. lets face it, if your name is not CS you are wasting your time, its nearly wreaked so many racers carers riding that crap, it knocks your conference in which if you were to go to another manufacturer you'd still be slow, why" you'll still have the duc still in your mind with the problems it had, under steer, not stable under breaking, etc etc , plus it takes years to get back up to speed as well, just ask VR plus cal is no VR so me thinks your gp days are over mate, hope the money you made was worth it? [\blockquote]

The Ducati hasn't wrecked Dovi's career.

cfsteezy: Its ironic that ducatis road going bikes are known for great handling and being underpowered, but their GP bike cant handle and has loads of power. Lol[\blockquote]

The Ducati 1199 Panigale road bike develops 195 bhp at 10,750 rpm, and 98.1 lb ft torque at 9000 rpm. With a kerb weight of 188 kg it has the highest power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios of any production motorcycle.
Motorcycle Consumer News ranked the 2012 Panigale S with the best rear wheel horsepower to wet weight ratio of any bike the magazine had ever tested, as well as the 5th highest rear wheel horsepower, and the 10th highest top speed.
Don't post when you just don't know what you are talking about.