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Crutchlow misses out again

The Yamaha Sterilgarda rider misses out on his first World Superbike win at Brno after persistent tyre woes.
Cal Crutchlow believes he could have been celebrating his first World Superbike Championship win at Brno were it not for a rear grip issues in race one.

Starting from his fourth pole of the season after a dominant performance in qualifying, Crutchlow recovered from a slow start in race one to move up to second and into a position to challenge Jonathan Rea for the lead.

However, Crutchlow says he began to lose grip at around the mid-way point in the race, dropping him into the clutches of Max Biaggi and down to an eventual third place.

Prompting a change of tyres for race two, Crutchlow fared even worse as he tumbled down the order before being forced to make a pit-stop, leaving him 14th.

I'm disappointed to be honest, I knew we had the pace this weekend to win. The first race didn't go too much to plan, we had a bit of a problem with rear grip so we made a change for the second race which I thought was going to be really good.

“I did 12 laps on the rear tyre and to be honest I was just about to crash so I had to pull into change it. The tyre looked brand new after 12 laps where it should have looked worn. We did the last eight laps on a brand new tyre, I did the fastest lap of the race and the tyre looked perfect.

“I'm disappointed I couldn't take it to the front guys but that's racing, we'll go to Silverstone now and make up for it."


Tagged as: Yamaha , superbikes , Brno , Cal Crutchlow

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aeolus

July 11, 2010 8:22 PM

@crash27 Wayne Gardner road all the bikes after the last race and said the Yamaha was the most difficult to ride. ""For me the big surprise was the Yamaha, I was expecting a lot more of it. It's probably got the best engine, but the effort required to get that bike around the corner surprised me. It really emphasizes how good Ben Spies is, I believe he's won not on the best bike so it's a testament of his ability."

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

July 11, 2010 8:20 PM

He could ride last years bike on last years tyres and he's doing fine in MotoGP - that doesn't tell us anything about this years WSB though. 50cc - fortunately you aren't the Yamaha team manager - the actual Yamaha bosses seem to know a thing or two about rider selection.



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