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2017 MotoGP™: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Free Practice

#35 Crutchlow (7th – 1’31.383) 

“We’re happy enough with our day. It’s a little bit difficult coming back from the three flyaway races where the tracks are quite big and quite open, whereas here it’s really small – it seemed a bit of a drag at times, but overall we’re happy enough and we worked well as a team. 
“This circuit is quite difficult to get on with, it’s really easy to crash on the right hand side of the tyre as you saw today where many riders made a mistake in that area. I find it quite difficult here, and especially with our bike, but as I said we worked in a good way today, we worked well with Honda and did a good job. Now we just have to try and continue this and make the best setting we can for qualifying tomorrow.” 


#35 Cal Crutchlow - (16th - 1’31.297) 

“MotoGP is always a tough race, but starting from back there is going to make it difficult. I could have done with starting from the front two rows which I thought potentially we could have at one point, but I didn’t make it directly through to Q2 and after that I always knew it was going to be hard. I needed that one lap, but I had a typical Valencia crash on the right hand side there, I crashed there last year too, and I’m not happy at all to be honest. 
“We’ll see what we can do in the race tomorrow. We’ll be a lot faster and a lot more positive in the race, our race pace is about top six or seven, but it’s just getting through everyone. We’ll try and our hardest and see what happens.”


#35 Cal Crutchlow - (8th - 46’25.355) 

“I started way too far back, it’s as simple as that, but obviously we have to be happy with a solid enough result considering. To be in the top ten I thought would be good enough, because starting 16th at a track like this is always difficult. We made some good passes and I rode a good race the last ten laps, I was really able to push, but I just ran out of time to get the guys ahead. If I’d started just a little bit ahead, I think I could have finished at the front of the group with (Alex) Rins. Overall, I think we had a good race. “I suppose the season has been average, we’ve had some great races, some fourths and fifths along the way, many fourths, but we’ve also had some bad races where I haven’t finished that I should have finished, whether it be my fault or another fault. But we’re happy enough and now we have to go into next year positive. I want to thank Lucio and the whole crew for their excellent job during this season and of course all our partners for supporting us in bad times and good times”. 

Lucio Cecchinello (Team Principal): “We have just finished another exciting season marked by very good results as the fantastic 3rd place in Argentina, 4th places in Austin, Silverstone and Assen, 5th places in Le Mans, Brno and Phillip Island. Cal and the LCR Team end this season 9th overall (3rd Independent Team) and I want to express my deepest gratitude to everybody for supporting us. Now I can not wait to start the new season with Cal and Taka”. 

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