Crutchlow elated given uphill battle at COTA

Cal will start from the second row tomorrow

Photo: Tech3

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow will sit behind the factory Hondas and just one of the factory Yamahas on the grid of tomorrow’s inaugural Grand Prix from the Circuit of The Americas.

Following what was quite a tense battle during the 15 minute Q2 session with LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, as the flag went out the Brit posted a time of 2m 4.267s, under 2 tenths behind Jorge Lorenzo in 3rd.

At what has been branded ‘a Honda track’, beating both the non-full-factory Hondas of Bradl and Bautista in qualifying would have been a great confidence booster ahead of tomorrow’s GP; especially when you factor in that Bradl joined the factory Hondas and Yamahas at the test here, a month ago. Cal will be looking for another solid top 5/6 finish tomorrow, following his promising start to the season in Qatar, 2 weeks ago. “I am really happy to qualify in fourth, even though it would have been nice to be back on the front row again. But coming here with no previous track experience meant it was always going to be an uphill battle, so to finish so close to Lorenzo and be ahead of Bradl and Valentino, who both tested here last month, is a great achievement for myself and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. This is a long and technical track but fortunately I have been able to learn it very quickly and my crew have also got their heads around what I need to go fast and together we have done a great job to be so far up the grid. I’m obviously quite a long way off Marquez and Dani but so is everybody else. It will be a really tough race and very physical for 21-laps but having come here without any prior track knowledge, I always said a top six finish will be mission accomplished for me and that remains my goal.”

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