20th Oct, 2017

Seventh for Cal Crutchlow again in Austin Grand Prix

Coventry Editorial 15th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CAL Crutchlow was made to settle for another seventh-place finish in second round of the MotoGP World Championship in America.

The Coventry-born rider opened the season by finishing seventh in Qatar on his LCR Honda bike.

And Crutchlow repeated that performance again at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

A first-lap collision cost him valuable seconds early on and he was not able to recover to challenge the leaders after departing fifth on the grid.

Crutchlow eventually finished just under 17 seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez, but acknowledged he was frustrated with his final position having performed so well over the course of the weekend

“I was really disappointed with the result.” said Crutclow. “We had a good pace over the race weekend.

“In the race itself we had some problems, I got caught up in the crash on the first lap and lost nearly five seconds in one lap and from that point it was very difficult to catch up.”

However Crutchlow insists he was looking forward to the opportunity to challenge again in Argentina next weekend.

He added: “The whole CWM LCR Honda team need to regroup now and come back to the next race stronger as we were too far behind the winner on Sunday.

“We need to discuss a plan for Argentina which is a track I have never raced at before, but I am looking forward to it.”

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