Cal competitive on his return to the track in Barcelona
Cal Crutchlow produced an impressive return to competitive action as free practice for the Catalunya Grand Prix got underway in Barcelona on Friday. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider missed the recent double-header in Misano with an ongoing arm injury, but looked sharp back out on the track as he narrowly missed out on a spot in the top 10 combined times at Montmelo.
Crutchlow’s affected right arm was put through its paces as strong winds made controlling the premier class bikes much more difficult at the Circuit de Cataluna. But the Briton remained competitive throughout and, after going ninth fastest in FP1, ended in 12th position after FP2, just two tenths behind Alex Rins in tenth.
Cal Crutchlow – 13th
“It was positive to be back out on the track today with the LCR Honda team. We worked in a good way, I tried the setting we had for the race here last year when I was really competitive in the middle and the end of the race. But today that didn’t work with the 2020 Honda and we have to go back to the drawing board a little bit to improve my feeling with the bike. We had some instability with the bike, but a lot of this was due to the wind today as it was really, really high. But we worked in a good way and it was nice to be back in the garage with the boys. I felt like I was competitive, I wasn’t fast enough, but I was competitive. I still have some pain with my arm, the ankle felt ok, but my tendon in the arm is causing me some bother and the arm is very swollen again, so we’ll have to do the best treatment we can so we can ride well tomorrow.”