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MotoGP Japan: Crutchlow happy for Ducati, close to front row

While Andrea Dovizioso's side of the Ducati garage was celebrating a first MotoGP pole since 2010, team-mate Cal Crutchlow was satisfied to be within 0.150s of the Motegi front row.

However that was only good enough for eighth on the grid.

Dovizioso is riding the latest GP14.2 evolution bike, with Crutchlow - leaving for LCR Honda at the end of the year - still running the original GP14.

“Ducati have done a great job getting the pole position with Andrea and I'm happy for that, and I think they did a good job also with my side of the garage,” said Crutchlow, who was 0.396s slower than Dovizioso.

“We've been working hard to improve the feeling with the GP14 and we were competitive today. To be one-tenth off the front row is obviously disappointing and I made a mistake on my quick lap, which was my own fault, but I'm pleased anyway.

“A good job by the team all round and hopefully we can get a good result tomorrow.”

Crutchlow took his first Ducati rostrum in the recent dry-wet Aragon race.

Tagged as: Ducati , Cal Crutchlow

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October 11, 2014 12:32 PM

Yes there was 2 sides to the spat, seems a shame now that Cals finally getting his head around the Duc ???? who knows and all the ifs in the world. Thing is i'm not sure about the pace of Iannone, nearly 2 years on the bike and hasn't really improved that much apart from the odd floury at the front. Anyway good job this weekend Cal but i'm wondering if his pace is of his own doing or is because he's inherited Dovis old bike and all the mechanical gremlin's have disappeared


October 11, 2014 9:55 PM

@ Roofusruffcut. Add to that the fact the guys riding the bike he jumped off last year, are both in front of him in the championship. Yep "plonker" will be an appropriate word if the Dukes finish in front of him next year.

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