Cal lines up on the third row at Aragon

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Cal Crutchlow qualified in seventh position for the Grand Prix of Aragon but admits there is still work to do if he’s to be challenging at the front of the field on Sunday. Sitting seventh overnight, the LCR Honda CASTROL rider maintained his position to ensure a third row start, but is looking to improve ahead of the race at MotorLand Aragon.

With overnight rain ensuring Friday’s lap times would not be bettered, the Briton was already assured of his spot in Q2. His preparations for race pace did not go to plan in FP4 as he ended in 16th, but he was still able to secure a creditable position in Q2 as he looks to sign off in style ahead of the flyaway races.

Cal Crutchlow – 7th
(1’48.322 – lap 7 of 7)

“I thought yesterday I could (get in the battle for second behind Marc Marquez), but today it seemed a little bit more difficult for some reason. We changed the bike which we thought would be for the better, and it felt worse, then when we got to yesterday’s bike it didn’t feel great either. I didn’t have a good FP4 when we used a used tyre, but I still should have been faster than I was, so we need to improve to be in that battle. It seems the other guys around us made a step and we didn’t. We qualified in seventh, but we’re too far behind third and fourth – normally you can say you made a mistake or you know where you need to improve, but I don’t really understand where we can gain that amount of time. But in the race is a different story, we’ll have to try and be patient and have a good race.”