Cal Crutchlow says it is taking longer to get up to speed with the Honda this year during a race weekend as he anticipates another tough Friday in Austin.
The British rider, who finished on the rostrum in third place in Argentina behind Movistar Yamaha duo Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, says his LCR Honda team is working hard to find a better base setting for the RC213V.
“Hopefully by Saturday or Sunday we will be a little bit more competitive because it seems at the moment like it takes a little bit longer to set the bike up per track,” he said.
“We put a lot into the race in Argentina and I think we'd have had a strong result if Marc and Dani [Pedrosa] had stayed on. The bike was difficult into Turn 2 but luckily I managed the situation well and get a podium. It was nice to get that result but I expect here will be another difficult start to the weekend.”
Crutchlow finished fourth in Austin during his first premier class race at the Circuit of the Americas and says he is looking forward to taking on the challenge of one of the most testing circuits on the MotoGP calendar.
“I'm looking forward to a race weekend at a great circuit here in Austin. It's a circuit I like and the first year I came here I had a good result, I finished fourth, and then the next year I crashed.
“It's a great circuit to ride and a good circuit I think for all the bikes because it's close, unless Marc's at the front and then it's a disaster, because nobody has caught him so far. But I look forward to the challenge of this track because it's a difficult track and halfway through the lap, you've already had 12 corners. It takes a lot of concentration but we'll see what we can do this weekend.”
Reflecting on his rostrum in Argentina last time out, Crutchlow said the result made up for the disappointment of a disastrous start to the season in Qatar, where he fell twice in the race.
“It was nice to go to Argentina after the disappointment of Qatar and do a good job. Honda were working really hard in Argentina after the disappointment of Qatar, and also Marc not on the podium in Qatar, but we worked well as a manufacturer and also in my team.”
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