Cal Crutchlow is playing his cards close to his chest on the more intricate details of the new chassis he has been using in his LCR Honda at Silverstone.
The British rider, on pole for his home race at Silverstone after a stunning lap in the wet, confirmed that he has used the new part throughout free practice and qualifying, but refused to be drawn on the positives and negatives of the new chassis, which he revealed has also been used this year by either Marc Marquez or Dani Pedrosa in the factory Repsol Honda team.
“I won't be telling you [what it does well]. Honda wanted me to evaluate the chassis this weekend and I did. I've used it all weekend. It does some stuff better and some stuff worse. Honestly a lot of the time you always speak the negatives to your crew, because that's what you need to improve and I really believed when I tested it the negatives were outweighing the positives,” said Crutchlow.
“But I think now we've managed to get it in a direction it's not too bad for me and we will probably continue to use it.”
Crutchlow won his maiden MotoGP race at Brno in the Czech Republic last time out but said the new chassis, which he confirmed is not the 2017 Honda chassis, was not a reward from HRC for his victory in the Czech Republic.
“I used it in the Brno test. It was [not a reward for winning]. It was always the plan before Brno to use it at the test. But I am testing it for the other riders. I'm not using it for myself. It's for their information.”
Pushed on whether or not it was being used by any of the other Honda riders, Crutchlow said: “I believe someone has used it this year - I'm not telling you who! It's definitely not new and definitely not next year's [chassis].”