Crutchlow: We deserved much more.

Cal Crutchlow was satisfied with his performance in the final World Superbike round in Portugal, even if he admits the results weren't as strong as he was expecting.

Crutchlow had provided the star turn during the wet Superpole session, placing the wild-card HM Plant Honda on the front row of the grid alongside pole sitter Troy Bayliss.

He started well in the first race too, Crutchlow dicing with the frontrunners and running second in the early laps when he began to struggle with tyre issues. Plummeting down the order, Crutchlow eventually retired shortly before the end of the race with what turned out to be a delaminated rear tyre.

“I suffered a completely delaminated tyre in race one, others used that tyre and didn't have a problem, so why we had an issue is anyone's guess. I was lucky not to crash and had to pull out for safety reasons.”

Although tweaks for the second race helped Crutchlow maintain a more consistent pace, a problem with the tyre spinning on the rim consigned him to ninth. Still, while Crutchlow believes he missed out on the opportunity of better results, he was nonetheless pleased to have shown world class pace.

“Looking at the results we deserved so much more, really. In the second outing the tyre spun on the rim and then I had similar problems as in the first race. It's disappointing as we were capable of two podiums, but congratulations to Leon for the podium and to Troy Bayliss for leaving racing on such a high with two wins and the championship.

“I'm proud that I was up there battling with the World's best riders and I aim to be doing that in 2009 in the World Supersport Championship.”

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MD09 - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 12:42 PM

Clint your the fool! Did you post that just to get peoples backs up? sometimes unavoidable problems happen in racing, Cal said "other people used that tyre and it worked OK" he was just unlucky and they are things that have happened to all the riders at some point. And another thing, he won't be at the back of the world SBK pack next year...he won't be in World SBK at all! shows just how bright you are, perhaps read the story again, or more likely ask your Mum to read it too you again.

Ratfighter - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 5:04 PM

Clint, the interview was with Cal Crutchlow so I am confused about who your tirade was aimed at. As you obviously aren't aware he has proved a thrilling and entertaining rider throughout the last 2 years in BSB after winning the Supersport championship in 2006 improving upon his 3rd place in 2005. He took the wildcard ride in the WSB and wrung the neck off the HM plant Honda banging fairings, elbows and probably other body parts in the most entertaining fashion until the tyres gave out, so quite where you get loser from is lost upon me, unless it is something you get called in the playground at dinner break and the meaning was lost upon you.. Grow up OR at least watch the same race

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