CRUTCHLOW COMPLETES ENCOURAGING TEST IN AUSTRALIA
Cal Crutchlow enjoyed another positive day at Phillip Island on Friday, ensuring he and the LCR Honda team finished the official pre-season test in Australia with plenty to be encouraged about. The Briton was again up towards the top of the timesheets on his Honda RC213V and looks in a good place with just one testing session left before the start of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.
While his best time was a 1’29.101, Crutchlow was strong throughout and finished with an impressive 15-lap run at an average of 1’29.5s – similar to Maverick Viñales, who went quickest overall on the final day in Victoria. Having not pushed for an out-and-out fast lap, the British racer was pleased with his efforts and remains confident he has plenty more in hand.
A final three-day test now takes place at the Losail circuit in Qatar next month before the 2017 season gets underway at the same location on March 26.
#35 Cal Crutchlow – 5th (1’29.101 – lap 72 of 85)
“We were happy with today’s test, and even though we were unable to set a fast lap time this was just down to a couple of slight problems in the morning when the track was in the best shape. That was when the temperature was good and the faster laps went in for other riders. The priority for our day, however, was to do a long run and get some more information for Honda.”
“We managed that in the end and we were quite pleased with how it all went considering we also had a small issue in the long run. Our big limitation of the day only seemed to be the new front tyre, and not just for us, for many riders, when we found we were really on the limit and unable to push.”
“Now we have to give all the information we have gathered in the past three days to HRC, and I think we can be positive ahead of the next test in Qatar. We look forward to going there now, and working well as a team once more.”