4th Dec, 2016

Cal Crutchlow remains upbeat despite crashing out of the French MotoGP in Le Mans

Steve Carpenter 10th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CAL Crutchlow is remaining focussed on the positives despite crashing out of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans in ninth position.

The Coventry-born rider went into Sunday’s race in high spirits having qualified on the third row at the legendary Le Mans circuit, where his LCR Honda team were hoping for better fortunes following a slow start to the season.

Crutchlow had been making positive steps forward with his factory spec Honda RC213V, but in choosing a hard front tyre option, he suffered the same fate as the other Honda riders who elected the same.

“Obviously I’m very disappointed again, no points is tough for myself and the team,” said Crutchlow. I think everyone could see though that just finishing the race was a hard job.

“We chose the harder front tyre, and thought this was the best choice with the temperature of the track. I still stick to my decision to go with the tyre though, it’s just difficult to follow the lines of other riders on the other manufacturers’ bikes.

Lucio Cecchinello and the team remain focused on continuing to support Crutchlow, with the steps forward during practice showing that positive things can be drawn out of the weekend.

Next on the MotoGP calendar is the Italian Grand Prix at the sumptuous Mugello circuit in two weeks time, which is a favourite for Crutchlow and a huge home race for the LCR Honda Team and many of its supporters.

“We have to look at the positives and I felt that we worked well this weekend,” Crutchlow added. “We have to continue to work and we know Honda are working hard for us too.

“We’ll continue to give them the best information and we will try to work together to fix the problems we have.”