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Pole but no podiums for Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow was tipped to have a good chance of claiming his first WSBK victory at Kyalami on Sunday, after qualifying on pole for the third time this season, but was ultimately left without even a podium.

The Yamaha rider suffered poor starts in both races, but felt his eventual 8-4 race results were a realistic reflection of what was possible at arguably the R1's worst track.

“We did the best job we could today at a track that the bike is not best suited to,” said the WSBK rookie. “Like a lot of riders today I seemed to lose a lot of grip very early in the races making it a struggle to keep on the pace.

“Having said that I was pleased overall with the second race, we were battling for a win and showing good pace throughout to hold on for points. It's a difficult circuit and we've done well, the team did a really good job and we're looking forward to getting to Salt Lake City.

“The track at Miller will suit our bike a bit better so I'm confident we can achieve some good results,” he declared.

Team-mate James Toseland took 7-6 race finishes.



Tagged as: Kyalami , Cal Crutchlow

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pp916 - Unregistered

May 18, 2010 10:01 AM

His bike was seriously lacking grip on corner exit in race 2 and it looked like the only way he could hang on to the front group was making up time on the brakes, only to lose it all again on corner exit. He has the speed, now all it needs is for things to come together in the race, but being Cal another podium won't be enough, its a win he's after!



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