20th Oct, 2017

Eleventh for Cal Crutchlow at rain soaked San Marino MotoGP

Steve Carpenter 14th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN ACTION packed San Marino MotoGP saw plenty of bike and position changes but Coventry’s Cal Crutchlow did not take advantage as he would have liked after finishing in 11th position.

Sporadic rain at the Rimini circuit in Misano made conditions tough for the riders on Sunday and that proved to be the case for British rider Crutchlow.

After a difficult weekend on his RC213V bike, the 29-year-old made a positive start and appeared set for a positive result after moving up to third sport by the eighth lap.

But with the rain and subsequent visits to the pits meaning almost constant changes at the head of the field, Crutchlow lost places with a lack of grip towards the end also hampering his push for the leading places.

“Obviously it was a really strange race,” said Crutchlow. “I should have come in (to change bikes) at a different time, it was a complete lottery who was going to finish where in the race.

“I had a great pace in the rain as always and not too bad pace in the dry, but at the end I was on a used tyre so I didn’t have the best grip for the last ten laps. At that time we were already a little bit too far back to challenge.

“I’m disappointed for sure with the result because I feel we could have made a really good race, also because if it had been a completely dry race I thought we had made an important step forward with the bike.”

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