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Cal secures first points of 2016 in Spanish GP

Cal secures first points of 2016 in Spanish GP

at Jerez - Result: 11th

Cal Crutchlow brought home his factory LCR Honda at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Sunday, to take his first points of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship. Having had a difficult weekend all round, the positives of keeping in the battle despite feeling uncomfortable throughout the 27-lap event, mean that the team can now start to build from this platform.

Track temperatures were at their highest of the weekend by the time of the MotoGP race, and Crutchlow was unable to replicate the solid sequence of laps he put in during the morning warm-up session. Having started from tenth on the grid Cal strived to keep tabs on the Ducati riders ahead of him, but struggled with grip in the latter stages, eventually settling into a rhythm which meant he was finally able to open his account for the season.

The LCR Honda Team now stay on for a day’s testing at Jerez, before moving onto France for the fifth round of the MotoGP series.

Cal Crutchlow

Post race thoughts

The weekend was tough and I am pleased that I finished the race. We believe we had a tyre problem because earlier I had a good warm-up with race distance on the tyres. I feel I rode a lot smoother in the race, but just wasn’t going anywhere. The last ten laps were a real struggle. We’re not too sure why just yet, but we just know there was a lot of vibration and I had to change to sixth gear on the straights where I’d normally use fifth – just to try and stop the spin.

There are no excuses, we have what we have. I finished eleventh, but finished the race. Obviously that doesn’t make me happy at all. Before the race I felt I could have been battling with Dani Pedrosa if I’m truly honest. I have no doubt in my mind I could battle up there today, but for some reason the Honda pace dropped a lot across the board with ten laps to go. Honda are working so hard though, and we will at least give them some information on full race distance which can hopefully help things.