31 August 2015
MotoGP Silverstone: Cecchinello: I was nervous when I saw Jack behind Cal
LCR Honda boss reveals he told Jack Miller to be calm three times before British MotoGP, wants Australian to learn from ordeal to avoid repeat
LCR Honda team boss Lucio Cecchinello described himself as “very disappointed” after both his riders fell out of fourth and fifth positions in the British MotoGP race at Silverstone.
The Italian could only watch on in bemusement as an overambitious Jack Miller collected team-mate Cal Crutchlow at Vale on the third lap while both riders sat inside the top six with ambitions to climb higher.
While Crutchlow took the incident with good grace, opting to joke instead of scream on Sunday afternoon, he revealed his team boss wasn't so happy. That anger may have come from instructions Miller received prior to the race, when Cecchinello told Miller to adopt a calm approach three times.
Speaking to Crash.net on Sunday, Cecchinello stressed the need for Miller to learn from this experience to avoid a repeat of the incident in the future.
“The right words are 'very disappointed',” he said. “Unfortunately it isn't a very good day but this is racing and we need to accept. Of course the most that I can do right now is continue to let, in this particular case Jack, think about what he had done and do his best to see this as a personal experience to not repeat similar mistakes.”
Asked whether he had told Miller to stay calm on the grid, the Italian wryly said, “Three times. Three times! I mean me, his crew chief, his father, Alberto Puig. Everybody said it's going to be a long race. Please don't make anything crazy. You have time. You should wait the first laps to get the right feedback from the tyre and try to understand everything. Then eventually in the second part of the race you push.
“He was fourth when he crashed [laughs]. Yes, I've been very worried and honestly speaking, when I saw him behind Cal I was a little bit nervous as well because I knew something could happen. And it happened.”
Silverstone wasn't the first time Miller has come under fire for his racing on the first lap. In Assen, he came into contact with Eugene Laverty, Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera, before crashing with the latter at the final chicane.
Cecchinello went on to state the former Moto3 runner up needs to curb his over-aggressive streak in the early laps of subsequent races.
“I hope [he learns from this]. I really hope so. Especially we really need to let him understand that if you say something it's also for him. In racing it's a fantastic sport but also it's dangerous. He need to try to understand what is the limit. The riding style that he had in the first laps I think it was a little bit too aggressive.”
Along with agreeing with Race Direction's decision to hand Miller one penalty point, Cecchinello also praised Crutchlow's attitude in the wake of the race, which the Englishman feels could have brought “a great result.”
“It's incredible. Once again it show me that Cal is a very good rider and very mature. That is exactly what we need here. We are a small independent team and I need to possibly avoid friction and a negative environment. Cal behaved really, really well and I must say I am very happy with how he managed the stress. Of course when he arrived into the pit garage he was really nervous. He screamed. But this is something that happens.”
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