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Crutchlow: There is work to do before Portimao

Cal Crutchlow admits Yamaha will need to 'work some stuff out' if he is to be more competitive over a race distance this season
Cal Crutchlow's full World Superbike Championship debut got off to a somewhat inauspicious start after an error in each race left him with a sole ninth place finish on his score card at Phillip Island.

The reigning World Supersport Champion looked to have turned his fortunes around during Superpole with a run to third on the grid, but after falling to sixth early on in race one, a mistake at Honda on lap six would see him hit the deck and retire.

He fared only marginally better in race two when another error at the same corner dropped him down the order initially. Although he worked his way back up to eighth, grip problems would eventually consign him to ninth at the chequered flag.

Concluding an indifferent first weekend with the Yamaha Sterilgarda team, Crutchlow admits the team will need to have a rethink before the next round in a month's time.

"Race one was unfortunate, I felt we had good pace and were running up in the top five quite comfortably, I just made a little mistake. I was a bit better than Rea into the hairpin so had to run wide to avoid him and lost the front on the dirt.

β€œThe second race was hard, I felt like I had no grip from the start and still some chattering. If we had better grip we could have pulled more out of it. We need to go back to the drawing board and work some stuff out."



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Don-R - Unregistered

February 28, 2010 12:04 PM

Lower top ten places is about where that package is at the moment, as most of practice indicated. Crutchlow did a banzai lap on race tyres to nab 3rd in Superpole but he was never going to sustain that throughout a race. It's hard to see Portimao being much different unless they can figure out the chatter problem in the intervening time.

wosideg

February 28, 2010 8:35 PM

The bike is all over the place.. JT talked software plus they had to junk the new carbon fibre tank/seat unit in an attempt to lose the Chatter.. I think, from memory, the new R1 has 8bhp more and is a lot lighter, it's a different bike from last year and they haven't got their heads round it 100% yet. Both riders are better than their respective points total indicate after the opening round.



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