Cal makes massively positive start to Jerez weekend with top three placing
After 243 days since the last racing action in MotoGP, the world’s premier motorcycle racing series finally got its wheels turning once more, with the first day of practice at the closed-doors Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Friday.
It was an excitingly positive return to track for Cal Crutchlow and the LCR Honda Castrol Team, with the Englishman producing an excellent third place overall on board his GIVI branded RC213V. LCR’s long-term partners (www.givi.it) will shine on the Brit’s bike for 7 races this year, and will hope to join Cal in another podium celebration in Sunday’s 25-lap race.
Crutchlow was third in the morning session and sixth in the afternoon as he and the team got to grips with the sweltering summer sunshine in southern Spain. Temperatures on track closed in on 60 degrees Celsius and will be one of the main obstacles to overcome in qualifying on Saturday, as the riders go for grid position for the first of 13 provisional races in the rearranged MotoGP calendar.
Cal Crutchlow – 3rd
“Today was not a bad day at all. We worked really well as a team and it’s nice to be back into a race weekend after waiting as long as we have to get back. We tested on Wednesday, but it was great to get out there for real this morning. We set not too bad a lap time in the morning session, and then this afternoon we worked on the race-pace and race set-up of the bike and I think we have managed to improve that a little bit. We still have a fair amount of work to do tomorrow, however, to make sure we are ready for Sunday’s first Grand Prix. I can’t wait!”