Crutchlow feeling optimistic after opening day in Mugello

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow has said he’s feeling optimistic for qualifying and the race at Mugello whatever the weather may bring. Weather forecasts are predicting showers for Saturday at the Italian circuit although it is

Crutchlow finished 3rd in practice at Mugello

Photo: Tech 3

thought the weather will improve come the races on Sunday.

Crutchlow finished in third place behind only his factory Yamaha counterparts at Mugello in today’s second practice – the only dry session the MotoGP boys had as this morning’s first session was damp. Crutchlow, spurred on by his career-best second place last time out at Le Mans in the wet feels he can run at the front on both wet and dry tyres, despite not being entirely comfortable with his YZR-M1 in some corners of the Tuscan circuit.

The Brit commented: “That was a very positive start to the weekend and I am happy to be in the top three and close to the best pace. This morning was quite tricky with the damp patches but I was fast on the wet tyres and happy with the feeling of the bike. This afternoon I was able to be in the top three in the dry and that is also very positive, but it is going to be very difficult to beat Jorge and Valentino. Jorge is looking for a third straight win here, so he is very fast on this track, and Valentino obviously has some special motivation for his home race. But I am the best of the rest again, which is a good sign and we’ve still got some things to try to improve the bike. I’m not completely confident in some corners but I know my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew has some good ideas to help me improve. It could be tricky conditions tomorrow though if we get some rain that’s been forecast, but after my second place in Le Mans and the good feeling I had in FP1 on the wet tyres, I am still very optimistic.”

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