|Crutchlow rode through the pain in Le Mans
Photo: Yamaha Tech3
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow secured an heroic fourth position in qualifying at Le Mans this afternoon following a crash in FP4, which resulted in the session being red flagged.
With two big crash’s in Jerez two weeks ago fresh in his mind, Crutchlow finished combined free practice in 7th position at the Bugatti circuit. Setting fast times in free practice four, the 26 year old suffered a huge tumble halfway through the session and despite needing medical attention track-side he was immediately back out on track following a visit to the Clinica Mobile.It was later revealed that the Brit has got a small fracture on his shin. Riding through the pain, Crutchlow secured fourth position on the grid with a time of 1.33.609.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider showed pure grit and determination as he rode though the pain “I can’t be disappointed to have qualified in fourth position after how the day went. Unfortunately it was another difficult one for us and for sure the crash in free practice four didn’t make things easier. We’ve struggling the whole weekend in a few areas and I still don’t feel completely confident with the setup of the bike, so we have some work to go through tonight. I’m also feeling very sore after the crash and the medical staff diagnosed that I’ve got a small fracture of the right shin but that will not prevent me from giving 100% in tomorrow’s all-important home race for my Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team!”
British teammate Bradley Smith had a positive qualifying at the French circuit, where he qualified on the third row of the grid.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider has secured podiums at Le Mans in the past, and made it into Q2 this afternoon which allowed him to fight for the top 12 positions on the grid. He set his best time of the weekend, a 1.34.222 which put him 1.035 seconds off pole man and fellow rookie Marc Marquez.
Smith has equaled his best qualifying position of 2013 in ninth“I’m definitely happy to qualify on the third row today. We made some great improvements throughout the whole weekend getting consistently faster during each session. Nevertheless I’m embittered about the gap to the fastest because it’s just over a second and my aim was to be a little bit closer, but probably I would need to worry if I’m completely satisfied after finishing ninth. Anyway, I want to say a big thanks to my team because they prepared a fantastic bike for me that gave me more and more confidence with every single lap. I’m really looking forward to putting on a good show in front of the French fans during tomorrow’s 28 laps lasting race.“