MotoGP – frustrating qualifying for Crutchlow at Barcelona

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    LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow endured another frustrating day at the Catalan Grand Prix as he qualified on the sixth row for Sunday’s race at the Circuit de Barcelona.

    The Briton experienced more difficulties with his Honda RC213V throughout the day and now faces a tall order to come away from the seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship in Spain with a positive result.

    Crutchlow went 12th fastest in this morning’s FP3, but that would be as good as things got on a baking hot day in Barcelona. A fall at the end of the first qualifying session ended his hopes of advancing to Q2 as he lost the front end of his bike, leaving him down in 17th position on the grid. However, it was a similar story for other Honda riders with three-time world champion Marc Marquez crashing no fewer than four times on Saturday.

    Crutchlow said: “It’s been a difficult weekend so far, there’s no doubt about that, to be 17th on the grid is not ideal. Funnily enough, I’m actually quite happy, the qualifying position doesn’t reflect where we are at all. I had an issue in qualifying on the first run, so I came in to change the tyre and go out on a second run and then I had no brake on the first lap and crashed on the second”

    “I wasn’t the only guy to crash today, we’ve had eight Honda crashes on the left-hand side so there’s not a lot to say. We just have to try and manage the situation and get out of here with a positive result. The only (Honda) guy that seems to be able to manage the tyre is Dani (Pedrosa) because he is a lot lighter than me and Marc (Marquez). Our bike seems good over race distance though, so we just have to look forward to that tomorrow.”

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