LCR Honda Cal Crutchlow endured a disappointing Austrian Grand Prix as he finished down in 15th spot in Spielberg on Sunday. After being hindered at the start, the Briton could never find good rhythm and eventually had to settle for just a single point as his weekend ended in frustration.
Starting from ninth on the grid, Crutchlow was always struggling after being impeded by the Ducati of Danilo Petrucci at the beginning of the race. With the selection of a hard front tyre seemingly not helping his cause, the 31-year-old could not make any impact towards the front of the field and eventually came home nearly half a minute behind race winner Andrea Dovizioso.
Crutchlow admitted afterwards that it had been a difficult few days and is now looking to make amends at his home round at Silverstone in two weeks’ time.
Cal Crutchlow – 15th
“I think it (the hard front tyre) was the right choice for me, even though we had some problems throughout the race, but 15th was a disappointing result. I rode through the pit lane last year, for a jump start, and still finished with more points. We didn’t find a great setting all weekend and the problem was I lost 12 seconds in six laps and that was it really. I got run off the track three times and got hindered at the start. Once I was riding alone at the end of the race I felt really good, I had good pace, but we had a problem up until lap 18 as well which didn’t help. But no excuses, I didn’t ride great all weekend either, but I could have finished in the top eight today I felt. My aim was to finish in the top six, but I was nine places off that so we’ll just have to look forward to the next one and try our best again. I look forward to Silverstone now, it’s always great to go home and especially after two frustrating races.”
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