Assen downpours ruin Cal's race

Assen downpours ruin Cal's race

at Dutch TT - Result: DNF

The MotoGP World Championship saw one of it’s most bizarre days of racing at the historic TT Assen, as biblical downpours brought out the red flag in the middle of the 26-lap race, meaning a shortened 12-lap event would decide the winner.

Having started on row two, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was making excellent progress despite the heavy rain which was falling around the track, rapidly closing down the leaders, with a sequence of fast laps before the stoppage.

He restarted the second race from seventh place, and having fitted a softer rear wet to his bike was hopeful of a good result. However, the extra grip meant he was pushing the front end too much, which was ultimately his downfall as he slid out of the race, but the Briton was thankfully unharmed.

The race was eventually won in stylish fashion by former LCR Honda rider Jack Miller.

Cal Crutchlow

Post race thoughts

I’m not happy as you can imagine. Everything in a race like today is going to be an if, but or a maybe, but I felt great in the first part of the race. The tyre wasn’t working properly at the start and I was struggling to get heat into it, but then as soon as it started to dry I was the fastest man on the circuit. I feel I would have won the race. Then it started raining again and it was a disaster.

In the restart I chose the softer tyre and crashed out, simply because I had too much grip in the rear tyre. I had no experience on the tyre apart from in the qualifying session yesterday, and the conditions were so different. I got caught out with a cold front tyre, and honestly I am so disappointed.”

Take nothing away from the guys on the podium, especially Jack, but I felt there was an opportunity to finish the race on the podium and maybe win it. Jack took that chance, and I’m really pleased for him. If there was anyone else on the grid I’d want to win apart from myself, and it would be him.