Cal Crutchlow was delighted to deliver on his promise to 'start winning races' as soon as he could after sweeping to a maiden World Supersport victory in only his third race at Valencia, Spain.
The third different winner in three races, Crutchlow may have won the race from pole position, but he was made to work hard for it after a downpour before the start made things treacherous in the early stages.
Nonetheless, despite slipping down to seventh by the end of the first lap, Crutchlow worked his way back into contention, where he proceeded to embark on an entertaining dice for the lead with Anthony West.
Eventually prevailing with a dive down the inside of turn one on the final lap of the race, Crutchlow was relieved to have found the ideal set-up just in time.
“I knew where we were strongest into turn one and out on the back straights, however West was really strong in the places where we were a bit weaker,” said Crutchlow. “We've been chasing a perfect set-up all weekend and luckily we found it for the race.
“It was dodgy conditions for the start but we got through it and got on the pace. The team have put in such a lot of effort since the last race. To come here and win is really good for me and really good for Yamaha.”
With Crutchlow moving into the joint lead of the championship with West, Yamaha team manager Wilco Zeelenberg was delighted with a perfect weekend.
“It's great to be back on top of the podium as it's been a while! We've been working really hard to get back here so the team deserve it. We are leading the championship with Cal, he worked really hard all weekend and followed a superb pole position and lap record with a fantastic win. For Cal it was an amazing job, taking over Anthony on the last lap was fantastic. I'm very happy!”