18th Oct, 2017

Sepang testing pleases Coventry's Cal Crutchlow

Steve Carpenter 4th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CAL Crutchlow insists his LCR Honda team are making good progress after the first official tests for the 2016 MotoGP season came to a close in Sepang this week.

Despite the wet weather, Crutchlow recorded an impressive time of 2:00.992 making him the fourth fastest rider on the timesheets on Wednesday.

This put him sixth overall in the combined standings, and one of the quickest on hard rubber, the 30 year-old can be happy with his and the team’s efforts.

The LCR Honda Team were given an extra boost during the final day, when HRC allowed Crutchlow a chance to give his feedback on a 2016 version of their RC213V engine.

With his input, development on that and the rest of the factory package will continue at the next official testing session at Phillip Island in Australia between February 17th and 19th.

“I’m pleased with the progress over the Sepang test,” said Crutchlow. “It was another different day trying various electronics settings on the bike, and Honda were very generous to give us a newer version of the engine.

“It wasn’t the latest spec, but the one in the middle and we worked really well with it.”

“We gave Honda the information they needed for some testing materials, keeping the same chassis, but overall we were quite pleased. We never pushed too much because we didn’t want to make any mistakes at this test, and I think we come out of it in quite good shape.”

“Now we go to Phillip Island and I look forward to testing out there; the LCR Honda Team have done another great job and I can’t wait to see all the guys out there in another two weeks’ time.”

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