Demanding opening day at Montmelo
Cal Crutchlow admits he is looking for improvement after a demanding opening day of free practice for the Catalunya Grand Prix on Friday. Round seven of the MotoGP World Championship calendar got underway in sunny conditions in Barcelona, although a dirty track at the Montmelo circuit made life tough for the riders.
Crutchlow had to settle for 11th position in the morning’s FP1 session, but did improve to end the day within the top 10 as he claimed ninth spot in FP2. However, the Briton remained far from satisfied and is hoping he and his team can make a big leap as they look to improve the set-up of his RC213V ahead of Saturday’s qualifying.
Cal Crutchlow – 9th
(1’40.702 – lap 18 of 19)
“It was not a great day as per usual at the moment, we’ll have to try and improve for tomorrow. Unfortunately, I can’t turn the bike as I want and don’t feel good on it, especially in fast corners. I’m struggling in that area and losing time. I know the speed and what pace I had here at the end of the race last year, the bike setting is identical to last year, but we have a different chassis and it’s not still working as I wish”.