Third row start for Cal at Silverstone
Cal Crutchlow will start the British Grand Prix from the third row of the grid, after setting the ninth fastest time during qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday. The LCR Honda CASTROL man had gone straight through to the qualifying final after showing consistent pace during free practice at his home race, and was amongst the first to post a fast lap in the 15-minute shootout.
On his second qualifying run, Crutchlow was pushing to take a spot on the front row at his home race, but unfortunately lost the front of his Honda RC213V at Stowe corner. The Brit was had to settle with his first effort, but still harbours hopes of pushing on towards the podium positions in front of his adoring home public.
The 20-lap British Grand Prix takes place at 1pm local time on Sunday, with Crutchlow hoping for a good start to put him in the mix.
Cal Crutchlow – 9th
(1’59.243 – lap 3 of 5)
“I will try my best, that’s all I can do. There’s not a lot of room here before the first corner to make up places, so I expect to be deep on the first lap and will have to pick my way through the field. I think we have to throw the chips all-in on the first few laps to get towards the front, because otherwise the race will split. I don’t want to get caught out early on. Things almost never go to plan, but let’s see tomorrow. The crash was completely my fault, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to go for pole. It was a bit of a rookie mistake. I braked too far into the corner, but I had nobody in front of me and a bit of a headwind and thought I could brake a bit deeper. When I braked I didn’t brake enough initially and just carried too much speed in. I tried to hold it instead of running off, so it’s just one of those things. Everyone is so fast in MotoGP at the moment and pushing so hard, I wanted desperately to be up at the front, and this is what can happen.”