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MotoGP Australia: Crutchlow: Pointless taking any risks

'It was pointless to go out and I think Race Direction in the end made the right call. After free practice one I was already in Race Control saying we probably should not have been out there' - Cal Crutchlow.
Friday pacesetter Cal Crutchlow said there was little to be gained in free practice as inclement weather forced the cancellation of FP2 at Phillip Island.

Crutchlow's time from FP1 of 1m 40.957s was the fastest lap overall as conditions deteriorated in the afternoon, with heavy rain, cool temperatures and high winds lashing the famous Australian circuit.

Only six riders ventured out in FP2 before it was called off after 15 minutes and LCR Honda rider Crutchlow said it wasn't worth the risk to attempt to put some laps in during the afternoon.

“Today we can't take no risks, we all want to be arriving safely to the end of the day and the end of the year and also next year. To go out this afternoon was a complete waste of time,” he said.

“In the end you have to be forced out at one point and qualifying is qualifying – you have to qualify for the grid, but this afternoon you don't have to go out. It was pointless and I didn't feel that I was going to be outside the top ten and not that it mattered, because we have tomorrow morning to improve but it was no safe.

“It was pointless to go out and I think Race Direction in the end made the right call. After free practice one I was already in Race control saying we probably should not have been out there. When we're doing 320k/ph towards turn one here and there is standing water, it is not fun,” he added.

“Standing water [was the main problem] and plus it's fast and windy. There was nothing to gain out there and if it was a race, it would have been cancelled because you can't see a thing. It was worse than Assen and it was coming worse and worse. The end of FP1 was just like Assen and now it's ten times worse. I followed Marc [Marquez] down the straight this morning and you can't see a thing.”

Valentino Rossi's lap times from FP1 were scrapped after the Movistar Yamaha rider exceeded the ten-lap limit on Michelin's extra-soft front tyre and Crutchlow says he cannot understand the purpose of the tyre.

“We had the [extra] soft front tyre and I never used it this morning – they brought it for us to do eight laps on.

“I don't even know why they brought it. Who brings a tyre than can do eight laps? It's a strange situation to me. I don't understand their thinking of bringing a tyre that you are able to do eight laps on,” he said.

“It will be a complete lottery for the race conditions are the same on Saturday, because at the moment Sunday is looking like the only dry day.

“It's a wasted day and we're sorry for the people who came out here and stood around but I'm sure 90 per-cent of them understand we are risking our lives in the dry let alone in conditions when we can't see.”





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