Cal Crutchlow sees no other solution than the current flag-to-flag rules in the MotoGP World Championship in the event of inclement weather.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez breezed to a commanding victory on Sunday after pitting at the end of lap two to swap bikes, getting the jump on his main rivals and effectively putting the outcome to bed within the space of a few laps.

Crutchlow, though, says Marquez was simply a ‘genius’ who outwitted the rest of the field on Sunday and says he does not know of a more suitable alternative to the current regulations governing a wet race scenario.

“We saw one guy, who was a genius and cleverer than the others: he let everybody past, he let me past and nodded to me to go in front of him and then on purpose I ran really wide on the next corner and he didn’t pass me, so I knew exactly what he was doing,” Crutchlow said.

“He was cleverer than the rest and he let everyone else come forward so that they didn’t see him come into the pit and then he won the race.

“I should’ve gone in the same lap, but I didn’t. I followed Dani [Pedrosa] because I thought Dani had the best pace this weekend, but there is no mess – this is the best solution we have. I don’t know any other solution. I don’t know what the big fuss is about; you have to get in and out of the pits.”

Crutchlow, who hurt his back after coming off on oil on Saturday, was sixth quickest on the LCR Honda during Monday’s test at Brno and proclaimed himself satisfied with his day’s work.

“To be honest I’ve not really had time to think about it [back injury]. I told the team I didn’t want to test today, but I’ve done the most amount of laps. We tested some things with the bike, we retested the wings and I felt positive with them, but the track condition was good I felt, considering it rained all night,” said Crutchlow, who revealed he suffered a massive vibration when he tested some new Michelin tyres.

“I went out of pit lane and then I came straight back in because my teeth were going to fall out! We don’t know what it is and I had a massive vibration with them. I put them on for the last run but I came back in because of the vibration; I already hit the wall at 200kph this weekend and I don’t need to do it again, especially when we’re riding on Friday – and there’s a lot more walls there.

“In the end we’re happy with the test and it was positive today; my lap times were very good with all of the tyres. I nearly crashed, when I was behind Marc,” he added.

“He was behind me for two laps and then I let him past – just like a mutual agreement! – and when I was behind him I nearly went over the handlebars like you would never believe.”

Crutchlow set his best lap in 1m 55.768s, which was six tenths off Valentino Rossi's top time on the factory Yamaha.

 

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