Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider, Cal Crutchlow will start tomorrow’s Catalan Grand Prix from second position on the grid for the first time since the opening round of the season at Qatar.
|9th career front row for Crutchlow
Continuing his fine form that he has showed throughout the majority of sessions so far this year, Crutchlow was on the pace throughout the morning’s FP3 session finishing in fifth just behind fellow Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi.
The Brit carried his speed through to the fifteen minute Q2 session after lunch, spending the majority of the session on a provisional front row and cemented this with a 1m 41.501s lap time on his eighth and final lap of the session. This received no response from Jorge Lorenzo in third, as he was suffering with clutch problems throughout the session.
Crutchlow said: “I think we did a great job today and I am really happy to be back on the front row. It seems a while since I managed it at the first race in Qatar and at least I won’t be starting from fourth again. The conditions were really tricky with the incredibly high track temperature and it looks like it is going to be a big battle in the race tomorrow. I’ll be happy to get a good start and hang with Dani and Jorge because they are obviously going to be strong. Jorge had a few problems today and maybe without those he would have taken second off me. But there’s no doubt we deserve this front row and that’s a good reward for all the hard work done by my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew. Congratulations to Dani though because that was an incredible lap time in such tricky conditions.”