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MotoGP: Crutchlow wins satellite battle on tough night for Honda

"I think to come away with a seventh place we can be very happy" - Cal Crutchlow.
Cal Crutchlow took top satellite honours by riding from twelfth to seventh during his race debut for LCR Honda, in Qatar.

The Englishman, as high as second in free practice, had been left on the fourth row after a fall in qualifying.

The former Factory Ducati rider then spent much of the race in ninth before getting the better of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro in a close finish.

"I think to come away with a seventh place we can be very happy,” Crutchlow said. “It was a good start to the season considering I don't have any experience racing the Honda. The guys I was battling with have been riding their bikes for a lot longer than me.

“We saw the result for Honda tonight. I finished just over a second behind Dani Pedrosa and five behind Marc Marquez. It shows we were all struggling, pretty much for rear grip.

"I think this was about our pace for the weekend anyway, and I made it hard for myself with some mistakes early on in the race, but my pace was consistently good. If I had have got away with the guys in front I could possibly have been around fourth or fifth.

"For Austin we have to improve, take our comments from this race and see what we can achieve there. It's going to be difficult to challenge the guys at the front there, but it's a learning curve for us. I don't think we've done a bad job at all, and we come away happy."

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March 31, 2015 8:24 AM

Not being a patriotic person I don't follow riders based on where they were born, nobody has any say in that. There is a steady stream of 'Brit' bashing on here so can I point out that the 3 riders in question did OK. It could be said that the top 6 places were a forgone conclusion after practice and warmup, so for the English guys to finish 7th, 8th, and 13th is an outstanding performance. I agree that they aren't threatening the front runners (yet) but neither are the French, Americans, Australians, Africans, Norwegians, etc. etc. etc. Maybe we should all enjoy watching those that are on the grid rather than worrying about where they originated from.


March 30, 2015 10:17 PM
Last Edited 460 days ago

Mysticmeg: Im not sure he should be happy with seventh,his last years team mate had a huge race long fight trying for the win,now dovi is proper happy with his race effort, if cals happy with a seventh place,I reckon hes lost the plot
Considering that he finished behind the people he's EXPECTED to finish behind (save for attrition luck), 7th is a happy spot [for him] to be in. The only people ahead of him were BETTER riders on BETTER FACTORY bikes. I'm not even a Crutchlow fan, but I can still give credit to a race well rode.

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