9 August 2015
MotoGP Indianapolis: Crutchlow frustrated at missing front row
Cal Crutchlow is frustrated at missing out on a front row start, acknowledges he needs to make improvements with hard tyre to stay with Repsol men
Cal Crutchlow refused to be content with qualifying on the front of the second row and is instead focussing on making improvements with the hard compound tyres for the 27-lap Indianapolis MotoGP.
The CWM Honda rider, whose future has been the topic of speculation throughout the weekend, has featured in and around the top six positions through free practice.
A late time of 1m 32.208s in Q2 was good enough to qualify fourth, equalling his best Saturday performance of the year, but Crutchlow was frustrated at missing the front row by 0.02s.
“No, not really,” he responded when asked if he was happy with the result. “I definitely wanted to improve in FP4, and we made a step in what I felt was the wrong direction, but we had to stick with it and see the session out. We need to gain some time in a few areas, but I'm quite confident for tomorrow's race.
“The hard tyre, we have some issues with in certain points of the track, but we need to work on that, because Marc has such a massive advantage to everyone else at the moment.
“Also Dani is really, really fast, because he did the whole FP4 on a used tyre from the morning, and he was nearly as fast as Marc on average lap time. So we need to improve, definitely, but it seems to me to be quite a big bunch of guys on a similar lap time. But I'm disappointed to be fourth, that's for sure, because I've had about four or five fourth places this year already, I haven't been on the front row yet."
Crutchlow identified problems in the middle of the corner as an area to focus on improving ahead of morning warm up.
“I had no problem with the tyre temperature, with it overheating. Sure, everyone's overheating the rear tire, but we need to stop some things happening in the middle of the corner that we're having, that it seems Marc isn't having and Dani isn't having. We will look tonight and speak to Honda, speak to HRC, see if we can improve in that area.”
The Englishman's future has been discussed in the media throughout the weekend, with Pramac Ducati claiming Crutchlow had approached them about the possibility of a 2016 ride.
When asked about this Crutchlow mischievously added, “Obviously they're great friends of mine. I don't know, of course, I left on great terms, it's obvious at the moment I'm speaking to everybody. Could it happen? Of course it could happen. Will it happen? I don't know. We'll soon see. Maybe we'll see tonight...”
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