Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow had a strong start to the sixth round of the MotoGP season at Catalunya, finishing the opening day’s free practice sessions in fourth position, setting a time of 1.42.492.
|Crutchlow is full of confidence at Catalunya
Photo: Yamaha Tech3
The Brit is continuing scorching form following a his second podium on the bounce at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago, and his confidence continues to grow. Under sunny skies in Barcelona, Crutchlow wasted no time in FP1 this morning setting a lap time which put him in the top three positions. The soaring heat of the afternoon saw both track and air temperatures rise and the 27 year old spent FP2 testing race set up and tyre endurance ahead of the race on Sunday. Crutchlow’s fastest time of 1.42.429 was set in the morning session, but would put him just 0.195s off Valentino Rossi’s fastest time set in FP2.
Crutchlow revealed “I am really happy with today’s practice because we experimented a lot with the bike and found some very positive things that will help me for the rest of the weekend. This afternoon when the temperature really came hot I didn’t use a soft tyre and we can see from the timesheets how much of an advantage that was. I am sure if I had used the soft tyre I’d have been inside the top three but I preferred to do a long run with the hard tyre and it was positive. I need to improve a bit in the first sector but we have some changes planned for tomorrow that should help make me stronger and overall today I am really happy. I am convinced it is going to be a big fight on Sunday with the Spanish boys obviously wanting to put on a show here but I am looking forward to being part of the battle.”