Crutchlow secures fifth in Catalunya

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RAMSEY resident Cal Crutchlow continued his fine season with an impressive fifth-place finish in the  Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona on Sunday afternoon.

Having impressed in practice, the Tech 3 Yamaha racer qualified on the front row in third place behind Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo.

However, a superb start by Dani Pedrosa meant the Spaniard shot up to first while Crutchlow was bumped down to fourth place by the first corner.

A race-long battle then ensued between Crutchlow and defending world champion Stoner, with the duo trading places a couple of times.

Despite applying pressure to the Australian in the closing few laps of the 25-lapper, Crutchlow was unable to find a way past and had to settle for fifth.

The result leaves Cal fifth in the overall standings in what has been a superb season for the 26-year-old as he aims to become the first Briton to claim a championship podium place at the MotoGP in 12 years.

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