CELEBRATIONS were in order for Coventry’s Cal Crutchlow on Sunday evening after sealing his first podium position of the season in treacherous conditions at the German MotoGP.
Crutchlow produced his best ride of the season to finish second at the Sachsenring Grand Prix, despite starting the race down in 13th position.
The LCR Honda rider had shown himself to be quick in all conditions over the weekend, but had frustratingly missed out in qualifying which forced him to start at the back of the grid.
The 30-year-old had to set about his recovery in the rain, with a fully damp track meaning wet tyres were the only choice for all riders, however having gone with the harder front option, it took time for him to get up to speed.
Once the surface began to dry, Crutchlow soon started to pick his way through the field and as riders began to make their bike changes, Crutchlow lay in third.
When he decided to enter the pits to switch onto a bike fitted with slick tyres with seven laps to go, Crutchlow emerged in fifth and after scrapping hard with Andrea Dovizioso, he soon made it back up to third, before sliding past his compatriot Scott Redding with a lap to go.
He safely crossed the line triumphantly in second place, to seal his best result as an LCR Honda rider and celebrate with the podium champagne for the first time this season.
“It was so difficult to manage at the start, but we tried our very best as always,” said a delighted Crutchlow.
“I think I’m one of the strongest guys in these conditions, and I have been one of the strongest all weekend, I just needed to do it in the race, and I managed to do it.
“I should have come into the pits earlier, but I didn’t see my pit board, so I came in with Rossi and Dovizioso because they were leading. It was a case of settling for a possible podium or staying with the leaders, and I chose that.
“I’m looking forward to a small celebration with the LCR Honda Team, we deserve it so much and we can now go into the summer break and the remainder of the races so happy.
“I also missed my wife Lucy this weekend, it’s only the second race she’s missed in nine years, but she is set to give birth just before the next grand prix in Austria, so I can’t wait for that now.”