22nd Oct, 2017

Eighth for Coventry's Cal Crutchlow in American MotoGP

Steve Carpenter 10th Aug, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CAL Crutchlow expressed his disappointment after finishing eighth in Sunday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Coventry-born rider’s race was almost over by as early as the second corner after he was forced wide in turn two and dropped from his grid position of fourth down into 11th place.

Crutchlow then made an excellent recovery through the field as he picked up positions lap by lap, making it up to seventh at one point as he powered his factory spec Honda up the order.

Embroiled in a battle with Spain’s Pol Espargaro, the 29-year-old swapped positions a number of times with his rival, eventually just losing out a lap from the end as he brought his bike home in eighth place.

“I’m disappointed with Sunday’s race result,” said Crutchlow. “The race itself wasn’t too bad, I just had a very bad start.

“I lost so many places at the second corner, because when I grabbed the brake lever there wasn’t enough heat in the brakes to stop. It didn’t bite, so I ran wide and it lost me seven places or so.

“This track is really difficult to regain time and regain positions, but of course I did my best to recover.

“More than anything we needed to finish the race, and we achieved that but the setting wasn’t perfect for me today. We go to Brno now and we have to regroup and hope for a better race there.”

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