|Crutchlow is glad to be mixing it up with the factory boys
Photo: Tech 3 Racing
Cal Crutchlow is pretty chuffed after placing third on the second day at Jerez behind his factory Yamaha counterparts Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. The first dry track time of the test presented the Brit with prime opportunity to find pace which initially placed him in second place, he later improved in time however lost position to world champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Crutchlow, entering his third year for the satellite Yamaha outfit said: “I am very happy with how today went and it was good to get in some laps in the dry. We had a few things to try with the bike and the weather meant we could assess what was positive and negative. It wasn’t easy at the start because the track was really dirty and then later on it got quite cold and slippery, but we got some important work completed on the set-up. My Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team did a great job and I am sure with some small adjustments tomorrow we can be faster. The pleasing aspect of today was I was very consistent and that makes me confident for when we come back for the race here. The fact that the top three was filled by Yamaha also bodes well for the race in a few weeks. I am right in the mix with the factory bikes again and this is very satisfying for me.”