|Cal finished infront of Bradl, who tested here last month
Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow finished yesterday’s Texan Grand Prix in 4th position, after a hard fought battle with LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl. Having not participated in the private test at the circuit just over a month ago, Crutchlow went into the weekend looking for just a top 6 position – to be ‘best of the rest’, after the riders who had tested there previously.
The Brit had qualified on the Saturday in 4th position, just 2 tenths behind last year’s champion Jorge Lorenzo. In the opening stages of the race, the Tech3 rider went off track and found himself in sixth, battling with Rossi and the two ‘other’ Hondas. Through steadily chipping away throughout the race, Cal was able to pass both non-Repsol liveried Hondas and began to start chasing down Jorge Lorenzo in 3rd. He eventually finished 3 seconds behind the Spaniard, who congratulated Cal at the end of the race for keeping him on his toes.
Crutchlow once again seems elated with his performance, and understandably so. This will no doubt have given him a massive confidence boost, as he sits comfortably in 5th as the first non-factory bike in the championship standings. “I’m very pleased and we did a better job than any of us expected before we arrived in Texas. With no testing here I was worried that it would be more of a struggle and the fire in the garage on Wednesday meant we couldn’t do any of our normal preparation work. So to finish fourth and be behind Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo is a great achievement for all of us and I want to say a massive thanks to my crew. We qualified well and I rode very well in the race and the most pleasing aspect was my consistency. Unfortunately I ran wide while trying to pass Bradl but I managed to fight my way back through and I was running the same speed as Lorenzo for a long time and that gives me a lot of confidence to take into the next few races. I’m giving it my all and I’ll never give up and I think this weekend again we showed how competitive the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 package is. Now we go to Jerez and I was quickest at the winter test a few weeks ago, so it is going to be another big battle that I’m excited about.”