Crutchlow plays down victory chances

Front row sitter Cal Crutchlow plays down his chances of challenging for victory on his Yamaha World Superbike debut
Cal Crutchlow admits he may be 'struggling for the podium' ahead of the opening World Superbike round of the season in Australia, despite qualifying on the front row in third position.

Signalling a major turnaround for the Yamaha team, which had been playing catch up since it was forced to reintroduce '09-specification parts to the 2010 R1, Crutchlow cruised into the Superpole shootout before a quick last gasp effort helped him secure third on the grid.

One position higher than where he qualified on his full World Supersport debut twelve months ago, the reigning WSS champion was pleased with the team's rapid progress over the weekend.

However, he stopped short of predicting a challenge for victory come race day, Crutchlow even admitting he may not even be able to retain his starting position and finish on the podium.

"This morning wasn't too bad for me, I'm pleased enough with the race pace. I think we're struggling for the podium but that's what I'm aiming for as always. If we can be somewhere near I'll be happy! We managed to get a good lap out at the end of Superpole and I was pleased with that.

“Going into the weekend we weren't even in the points, Yamaha has done a really good job this week and we've worked some stuff out. Hopefully we can keep the cooler conditions as they'll help us tomorrow. Let's see what we can do."

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Cubikrube - Unregistered

February 27, 2010 4:36 PM

Most impressive thing for me in the Superpole was his last stint which gave him his final grid position and it was on race tyres. He looked like he was fighting the bike the whole way round the lap and it was great fun to watch. Good luck Cal

Don-R - Unregistered

February 27, 2010 2:32 PM

Nobody should underestimate how quick or capable Crutchlow is, but I agree with Sick Cylinder that he really looked as if he was having to manhandle that R1 around to get it to turn during Superpole - he looked very close to the edge to me. It will take some effort to sustain that control throughout the races. Definitely an 'A' for effort though!

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