LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow claimed fourth position at his home race after an enthralling British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.
The 31-year-old thrilled local fans as he was involved in a battle for the podium places throughout, but narrowly missed out on a top-three spot, although he finished the race just a second and half behind eventual winner, Andrea Dovizioso.
#35 Cal Crutchlow – 1st – 2’00.897
“Obviously we are pleased with how today went, we tried every option of tyre there was and in the last run I kept the used front, which was a little dangerous with a new soft rear. It was just to make sure we were in the top ten because you never know what can happen tomorrow morning – if there’s oil on the track and the times aren’t as fast for example. We are working very well as a team as always and trying our best – and at the moment that’s first place!
“They’ve resurfaced a couple of corners here and they were a lot better, so how about we resurface the whole track?! It’d be a lot easier for all of us. The problem is that wherever we share a track with F1, the tracks are bumpy within a year, so I understand the concerns of the organisers. I felt ok either way, an hope for a good day tomorrow.”
#35 Cal Crutchlow - 3rd (2'00.106)
"The expectation is that we can be on the podium tomorrow, we have to think like that because last year we were and I don't think there's any reason why we can't do it this year. Marc, Valentino (Rossi) and Maverick (Viñales) are all very fast too so I will have to play a good game and hopefully we can have a good battle in front of the home crowd.
"The key today was to make no mistakes, and I didn't make any big ones although I did run a bit wider in turn 13 which was my own fault, and Marc made a clean lap. I'm slightly disappointed not to go under the two-minute barrier because this was my aim today as I knew it would mean pole position, but I am pleased nonetheless. Last year I had pole here in the rain, then a dry ride to the podium, and I honestly don't see any reason why we can't do that again tomorrow.
"I feel like we have risen to the occasion this weekend. The bike is working well, the team are working great as always, so I'm looking forward to the race."
#35 Cal Crutchlow – 4th (40’47.175)
“It’s frustrating as I came here to win. You try to win every weekend, but this weekend was a special one, I felt good last year and I felt good again all weekend here, but I just didn’t have enough in the end. The other guys were quicker than me today, the front tyre was too soft for us as always and this was the reason we were struggling with the rear tyre in the end as I was having to spin a lot to turn the bike.
“But I did the best job I could and today that was fourth. A home podium would have been good so yes, I’m disappointed, but all credit to the three guys in front – Dovi (Andrea Dovizioso) rode fantastically. I didn’t think all weekend he was the guy to beat, I thought it would be Marc (Marquez). But we have to go to Misano with our head held high and try again there.”