MotoGP »

MotoGP Great Britain: Crutchlow 'proud' of home race podium feat

'I feel in great shape at the moment, in good form, and I'm pleased and proud to be stood on the podium at my home Grand Prix' - Cal Crutchlow.
British Grand Prix pole man Cal Crutchlow has spoken of his pride as the LCR Honda rider delighted his home fans with an magnificent ride to second place at Silverstone.

Crutchlow, who followed up his maiden MotoGP triumph at Brno in the Czech Republic in the previous round with a pole position and stunning runner-up finish on home soil, showed his tenacity in a thrilling climax to the race as he battled with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez on the factory Honda, eventually coming out on top to seal second place after championship leader Marquez ran off the track.

The 30-year-old was denied an historic success by runaway winner Maverick Vinales on the Suzuki, but Crutchlow sent thousands of fans home happy on a memorable day for the British star.

“It was great to be part of that battle and entertain the crowd and I have to say thanks to my team and Honda – they worked really hard for me in these past races. We started the year quite difficult and I had some crashes; I had a bad feeling with the bike and the front tyre, but obviously it worked and all the hard work is paying off,” he said.

“In the battle I gave as good as what I got – sure, it was a good battle with Marc and Valentino and I have to say congratulations to Maverick because he rode fantastic today and completely controlled the race and did a superb job. It's nice for MotoGP to have four [different] winners in the last four races I think and it's something unique and special. To be standing on the podium in front of my home fans is a really nice feeling.”

After a tumultuous beginning to the 2016 season, Crutchlow has hit a purple patch on the LCR Honda, although the Coventry rider isn't quite able to put his finger on the exact reasons for his welcome turnaround in form.

“I have no idea why. Honestly speaking I feel good on the bike, I'm able to push to my limit and I know my limit was always better than what I was able to show at the start of the year. We're struggling still a little bit in the qualifying and I know I qualified on pole here, but in the dry we're struggling that little bit to do those one-off laps,” said Crutchlow.

“We struggle to be in the top 10 on a Friday or on a Saturday morning sometimes to get to the Q2, but we know that this is [because] a lot of the other riders are ripping the arse out of other riders, so it is difficult when they get such a slipstream.

“I feel in great shape at the moment, in good form, and I'm pleased and proud to be stood on the podium at my home Grand Prix and hopefully Misano will be another good race – I know it's a really difficult race for Honda and also for myself because I haven't had the best results there over the years, but it doesn't stop me trying: I haven't had very good results here and it hasn't stopped me trying, so I'll try again next week.”

Crutchlow has now climbed to eighth in the championship table and is only three points behind factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso in seventh position.





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Crutchlow, British MotoGP 2016
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Marquez at FIM Gala
Home town party for MotoGP champion Marquez
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016

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.


Avatar

September 04, 2016 7:25 PM

pleased to see Cal riding so well....He has really shut up those naysayers and critics who say he only has a big mouth....he has always been one of the fastest over a single lap....now he is showing his prowess in both wet and dry. Beating the factory boys on a satellite machine doesn't happen too often................



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

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