Crutchlow ‘can’t complain’ after eventful qualifying

Cal Crutchlow has said he is happy to start from the front of the second row for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix after falling from his Tech 3 Yamaha early in the session. The Briton fell at turn 3 shortly before the mid-

Crutchlow fell heavily in the first half of Q2.

Photo: Tech 3

way point of the “Q2” qualifying session leaving him with little time to get back to the pits, brushed down and out on the second bike.

By the time the Coventry-man got back out on his YZR-M1 he had fallen to 7th on the timesheets and as the session started to draw to a close it looked as though he may stay there, although a strong lap in the last few minutes saw him take a provisional front row start until he was displaced by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at the last minute, by just 0.004sec.

Crutchlow said: “That was certainly another eventful qualifying session and after crashing out I can’t complain too much to finish fourth and be only 0.004s away from the front row. Luckily I could make it back to the paddock pretty quickly and get out on the second bike and to be on the second row is a good result given what happened. I have been struggling all weekend with the bike to be honest. And although this is my third year at this track, I still don’t feel so comfortable, so to be near the front and not running a bad pace gives me confidence for the race. I need to improve in the first sector and that was my biggest issue yesterday, so we have work to do. It is going to be a long and tough race and we need to make the bike work better. My Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is doing an awesome job to help me find the best setting and hopefully I can be fighting for the podium again tomorrow like I was in Le Mans.”

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