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2017 MotoGP™: Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

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#35 Cal Crutchlow – 4th (1’29.329) 

“At the end of the day we are happy enough with our performance, but we still need to improve the setting of the bike overnight. I didn’t feel great with the tyre today, but on the last run we seemed to make a big jump and some decent improvement. 
“I look forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow in qualifying and also on Sunday. As things stand I think it’s going to be a big battle, and I look forward to seeing how it all turns out.” 

Qualifying

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 10th (1’29.429) 

“It was a bad day today to qualify tenth at the Australian GP. It’s not good considering the fact that we won here last year. I felt good and felt confident, but I pushed too hard into turn four and lost the front tyre. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to make it back to the pits and go again. 
“I’m confident for the race though, it’s just that we have a big job to do from where we have qualified, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s grand prix. We’ll see if we can come up with a plan in the first few laps and be patient, because I don’t think there are many teams or riders that can manage the tyre situation as well as us. So we have to take the positives from today and see if we can be good for tomorrow.”

Race

#35 Cal Crutchlow - (5th – 40’53.617) 

“Obviously it was a better result and race than in qualifying. I felt quite good and confident in the race and I was being very patient to be able to try and come towards the podium at the end of the race. The problem was that after about five or six laps there was a small gap to the leaders and I had to push a lot and use a lot of the rear tyre at that moment of the race. 
“But I think that fifth is not a bad result considering that we had a massive crash this morning. It’s one of the biggest high-sides of my career out of turn six and to be able to ride in this shape was good as I was really contemplating not being able to ride with the advice of the doctors and my team. 
“But I tried my best and I think it was a good result considering, although I’m disappointed not repeat my win from last year because I think if we’d have had a little bit better weekend we could have been right up there. But what a great fight, what a great show in the MotoGP race at Phillip Island today.”

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