Crutchlow working to improve early parts of race in Mugello test
Hot and humid conditions enabled Crutchlow and Dovizioso to focus on a range of set-up options with their YZR-M1 machinery and both were able to post competitive times inside the top six.
Crutchlow concentrated on improving his feeling with a full fuel tank to help him be faster in the early stages of races in the second half of the 2012 Mo toGP World Championship. The British rider also experimented with different geometry settings and he was satisfied with progress made having set the fifth quickest time.
The 26-year-old’s best lap of 1.47.750 was only 0.315s behind Jorge Lorenzo’s best pace and Crutchlow managed to improve on his best lap set in yesterday’s Mugello race by an impressive 0.7s.
Cal Crutchlow – 5th 1.47.750 – 50 laps: “I am feeling pretty tired now, because it has been a hectic period in the Championship and today it was very hot. But it was a good test and it gave me the chance to work on the bike for the beginning of the race. Each time I went out I had a full fuel tank and we definitely made some progress. I can still improve but I will be going to Laguna Seca confident that I will be faster in the first part of the race. This season I have been really strong as the race has gone on, so we need to work on improving my speed right from the off. We worked on a few different settings and it was interesting to understand how they affected the bike and that will give us some options in the second part of the season.”
Source: Team Tech3 Press Release