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Tyre problems push Crutchlow back to tenth in Germany

Coventry Editorial 14th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DANGEROUS, wet conditions at the German MotoGP provided plenty of excitement for Cal Crutchlow but the Coventry-born rider could only finish tenth after tyre problems halted his progress on Sunday.

The 28-year-old managed to work his way up from 17th to seventh place at the Sachsenring circuit as he made his way past fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

It was a great feat from Crutchlow in the ninth round of the season after heavy rain had fallen on the track shortly before the start.

But in the final four laps Crutchlow had to relinquish three positions to Pol Espargarò, Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista and settle for tenth at the chequered flag.

“It was mayhem at the start, and in the pit lane I nearly got knocked off by Rossi but it was nobody’s fault, just one of those incidents, and in fact the start of the race was really exciting.” said Crutchlow.

“In any case we chose the wrong front tyre for sure: we should have gone with the harder one, but this is racing.

“The positives to take from the weekend are that we were more competitive in the race than in qualifying or practice and I made sure that we finished today.

“I was really disappointed in the last laps when I got passed by Pol Espargarò, Andrea and Bautista: I felt we had a good chance to finish in the seventh position but I couldn’t fight any more than I did and we were at the limit with the package today in these conditions.”

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