MotoGP »

MotoGP Italy: Crutchlow: Ducati will win at Mugello

Cal Crutchlow is tipping his old team to scale the top step on home soil in the Italian MotoGP this weekend at Mugello.
Cal Crutchlow is predicting a Ducati victory at the Italian MotoGP at Mugello on Sunday.

The British rider was sixth fastest in FP2 on Friday on the CWM LCR Honda with a lap in 1m 48.124s, which left him 0.645s behind pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso on the factory GP15.

Crutchlow, though, believes the Ducati has a big advantage over the other factory machines at the Italian track and is tipping Dovizioso to clinch the top spot this weekend.

“The Ducati has such an advantage here that I honestly believe that one of them will win – Dovi more than [Andrea] Iannone; Iannone can practice, he can qualify, but he's not as fit as Dovi.

“I honestly believe they have done a fantastic job; I went to Gigi [Dall'Igna] last night and told them they need to slow down!

“They always bring a rocketship here and they are really strong and it's nice to see it and I think they could win the race,” he added.

“Valentino [Rossi] could qualify 20th and you'd have to believe he'd be on the podium! But I hope I'm on the podium.”

Crutchlow was pleased with his own performance on the RC213V on Friday but is seeking a big improvement through the first sector at Mugello on Saturday.

“I was quite pleased: we did a very, very good lap time with 27 laps on the tyre in the afternoon, but the problem came when we put the new ones on at the end as we didn't go much quicker,” he said.

“We definitely need to improve, but I think I know the areas where I want to improve – in the first sector we're losing a lot of time, but the rest is not too bad.

“We've had a good start to the year, we had a podium in Argentina and a fourth in Jerez. We had problems in some of the other races, but I'm quite happy and the package is working well,” Crutchlow added.

“I'm gaining experience with the bike all the time, it's quite a difficult bike to ride – you have to change your riding style a lot and it's very different to what I'm used to.

“But I'm enjoying it a lot, learning all the time and the team are doing a good job.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Crutchlow, Italian MotoGP 2015
Crutchlow, German MotoGP race 2017
Pol Espargaro, Iannone German MotoGP race 2017
Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaro German MotoGP race 2017
Kallio, Iannone German MotoGP race 2017
Miller, Iannone German MotoGP race 2017
Lorenzo, Iannone, German MotoGP 2017
Crutchlow, German MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Dovizioso, Vinales German MotoGP 2017
Rossi fans, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Rossi, German MotoGP 2017
Dovizioso, German MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.