#35 Crutchlow (20th – 1’45.967)
“I didn’t want other riders following me so I went slower and slower on the out lap which meant I didn’t have enough heat in my front tyre. We know the hard front tyre is fine here as we used it during the test, so there’s no problem with that. But it was a fast crash, when they slap like that it hurts and the shame was I think we have a very good pace here this weekend”.
“I felt great in the earlier part of the session with the used tyres from this morning and then when I put the new one on that happened. Obviously we are quite a long way back at the moment, but I look forward to improving in the morning and think we can be competitive this weekend.”
#35 Cal Crutchlow - (17th – 1’45.162)
“It’s been a difficult weekend so far, there’s no doubt about that, to be 17th on the grid is not ideal. Funnily enough, I’m actually quite happy, the qualifying position doesn’t reflect where we are at all. I had an issue in qualifying on the first run, so I came in to change the tyre and go out on a second run and then I had no brake on the first lap and crashed on the second”
“I wasn’t the only guy to crash today, we’ve had eight Honda crashes on the left-hand side so there’s not a lot to say. We just have to try and manage the situation and get out of here with a positive result. The only (Honda) guy that seems to be able to manage the tyre is Dani (Pedrosa) because he is a lot lighter than me and Marc (Marquez). Our bike seems good over race distance though, so we just have to look forward to that tomorrow.”
#35 Cal Crutchlow - (11th – 45’09.847)
“I survived and I managed to finish which is probably the main thing. It wasn’t the greatest day I’ve ever had on a motorcycle, but I was pleased enough having started in 17th. We had our issues in the race and we’ve had them all weekend but, as mad as it sounds, I was actually quite confident of going towards the podium today. I chose a hard tyre thinking that everybody else’s would drop, but ours wasn’t even good on the warm-up lap, so that made things so tough in the race.
“I think we managed well this weekend. We had the odds stacked against us after qualifying in 17th and making the mistakes we did. But Honda did a great job to get Marc (Marquez) and Dani (Pedrosa) on the podium, but it’s difficult when the Ducati bike is making up four tenths on Pedrosa in a straight line. We just have to continue to work hard, but it was a great job by Dovi (Andrea Dovizioso) and I’m really pleased for him.”
#35 Cal Crutchlow - (6th – 1’45.296)
“The test went ok and was a lot better than yesterday’s race, that much is for sure. There’s nothing we can really take from Sunday, except for a few points. We think we know the problem behind our disappointing race yesterday. We confirmed and clarified that in our first exit from the pits today. We tested a few different things, unfortunately I had a small crash just before 12 o’clock. Our priority now is to get back towards the podium positions, so hopefully we’ve done a good job and we can do that now when we go to Assen.”