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.