THE ISLAND AWAITS FOR LCR HONDA
The second of the three Asia-Pacific flyaway rounds sees the LCR Honda Team take on one the most popular racing venues on the planet this weekend, with the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix taking place at the cliff-top Phillip Island circuit.
Cal Crutchlow is a huge fan of the ultra-fast racetrack, which is always a favourite among the MotoGP elite, and will be looking to continue the run of form which took him to another excellent fifth place last weekend in Japan and consolidated his hold on top Independent Team rider.
The event is a sell-out, but rain is forecast for Friday practice, and possibly even Saturday qualifying. With Sunday’s race taking place at 4pm local time (5am GMT) the hope is that fine weather could replace the clouds for what is usually a thrilling race around an epic circuit.
#35 Cal Crutchlow
“I wouldn’t say I was in fantastic form, but I think the whole LCR Honda Team are happy enough with how things are going. I make a stupid mistake in Motegi which possibly took me out of contention for the podium. I was disappointed with that because I felt we had a strong plan for the end of the race with the hard front tyre.”
“We’ll see what this weekend brings. I’m looking forward to racing at Phillip Island as always, it’s been a kind track to me over the years except for the last lap in 2014. The rest has been quite good and I’ve enjoyed racing here over the years so hopefully we can have another good one this weekend.”
“I don’t want it to rain, even though I’ve had a race win in the wet, you never want it to. It’s a disaster half the time – and not just for me, for the crowd and the teams too. We would prefer it to be dry and we need that time around here because it’s a circuit where you have to get in a rhythm over the whole weekend to be competitive on Sunday. Everybody’s in the same boat, it’s the same for me as everyone else on the grid, so we’ll just take it as it comes.”