First non points scoring result of the season for Ramsey resident
RAMSEY’S resident MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow failed to score points for the first time this MotoGP season on Sunday when he crashed out of the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Crutchlow looked on course to finish inside the top six for the ninth time in 11 races when he latched onto the back of a pack including Dovizioso, Stoner, Bradl and Bautista dicing for third before the halfway stage.
But just as the 26-year-old was sizing up an attack to move into the top six, he lost the front-end of his YZR-M1 machine at turn four on lap 10.
‘Unfortunately today was the first time this season I have not finished a race and not been inside the top 10, so it is pretty disappointing. I had exactly the same crash yesterday morning during free practice and I will hold my hands up and say it was a silly mistake. I can’t blame the track because it was on the part with the old asphalt.
‘I opened the throttle and lost the front but that was an area we seemed to be struggling with the whole weekend. What is disappointing is that I had fought my way to the back of the group battling for the podium and I was confident with my pace. So to crash out is disappointing and I am sorry to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team because we could have had another strong result. The big positive is I was 1.2 seconds faster than last year on this track and at this level it is not a bad run to go 10 races in a row inside the top 10. I’ve got a chance to put things right in Brno this weekend and I will be doing my best to be challenging for a top result again.’
Crutchlow remains fifth in the championship standings heading into the 12th round in the Czech Republic this weekend.
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