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2017 MotoGP™: Motul TT Assen Gran Prix

Free Practice

#35 Cal Crutchlow (5th - 1’33.828)

“We tried it (the fairing) in Barcelona and we found some positives with it, so we wanted to evaluate it here. There are positives and negatives to using it here, I don’t know whether we’ll continue to use it, but we’re happy with what we did today. 
“Obviously the second session was a bit strange because it rained halfway through, we could have done with a few more laps testing the medium rear tyre. I also wanted to try the hard rear tyre, but we didn’t get that opportunity. Tomorrow is going to be a bit of a dodgy day I think, but we’ll see what we can do on Sunday.” 


#35 Cal Crutchlow - (8th – 1’48.042) 

“We just tried to survive in the qualifying session, it was a lottery really just to stay on as it was not the best conditions. The track was really greasy, but congratulations to the guys on the front row, they managed the situation well. I didn’t have a great feeling with the bike or tyres today, but hopefully tomorrow will be better”. 
“We are struggling in the wet at the moment. I won a race last year in the rain and took a pole, but this year I don’t have any feeling and the bike is moving a lot in the corner. In the dry I feel really comfortable and confident, I would have preferred some more dry track time this weekend, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”


#35 Cal Crutchlow - (4th – 41’46.392)

“I’m pleased to finish and pleased to finish fourth. I was a little disappointed with my pace in the middle of the race, I had some sort of problem with my front tyre and I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to. But I still thought we were on for a good result and kept battling. 
“I got a bad start and that really hindered me, as well as not starting from the front rows. I think that really cost me the podium or even the chance to fight for the win because the pace was not drastically fast. After it started to rain I kept a cool head, but I made a mistake by showing Marc (Marquez) and (Andrea Dovizioso) Dovi my hand, I went too early and should have passed them on the last lap. As it was, Marc just followed me and passed me on the second to last corner and there was nothing I could do. 
“But it was a great fight, I really enjoyed it and credit to the podium guys.”


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