Crutchlow, Toseland caught out at Imola

Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland face a task to get back into contention at Imola after qualifying 12th and 17th.
Cal Crutchlow has vowed to bounce back in the World Superbike races at Imola after a tumble during Superpole left him on the third row of the grid.

The Briton was tipped for a pole position challenge, but while he was fastest in the wet SP1 phase, a fall on his first flying lap of SP2 at Tamburello forced him back into the pit lane.

Returning to the track in time for one last effort, although Crutchlow looked on course for a safe path into SP3, a mistake at Rivazza saw him take a trip across the gravel trap and out of contention. As such, he will start in 12th position.

“I'm a little bit sore after the crash but I'm not too worried about tomorrow's races. I think I know why I crashed; I had a cold tyre on the right hand side from not going fast enough on the out lap. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's races and we'll see how we get on."

Still, Crutchlow fared better than Toseland, who mis-judged his lap time during SP1 to get bumped down to 17th position at the death by Lorenzo Lanzi.

“It's fair to say that rain has spoiled play today here at Imola, not just for me but for Cal also, so as a team we are very disappointed.

“We've had good top speed all weekend and good race pace and I was really looking forward to Superpole to see what we could do. I'm starting from the fifth row of the grid tomorrow but there have been other unlucky guys out there as well."

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September 25, 2010 10:48 PM

IMO the point at which it really started to go pear shaped for JT, if hadn't before, was when Rossi tested the R1 at Brno, four weeks after breaking his leg and was faster than James had been all the previous race weekend after just forty-six laps. Crutchlow used Rossis feedback at Silverstone and took the double, Toseland didn't. He was thrown a lifeline by Yamaha and brought in as the experienced hand to sort the new for 2010 R1. Sadly he's come up short as team leader and developement rider and his crew now know that. It appears his head's gone down and what little confidence he did have has vanished. Blaming the mechanics is an excuse even JT would struggle to justify Bill..

Hugh Janus - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 8:51 PM

F@cksake JT wtf have you 'misjudged' at each meeting this year - really hoped for a whole lot more from you this year mate and it just isn't coming good at all. The lack of any sign of ANY type of consistent recovery during the season, or even during a race - like ANY of them - show's something has changed within the rider we seen do many gutsy performances from in years gone by - Pre-MotoGP that is. Very dissapointing and I still hope you can turn it around as it's still a very steep and precarious slippery slope your fingernails are clinging desperately to...

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