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#35 Cal Crutchlow (6th – 2’01.060) 

“It was a very difficult day again in the rainy conditions, we are not really satisfied with the situation. I’ve always been a competitive rain rider but in this moment we are not competitive enough. Something is not clicking with regards to the setting of the bike and the tyre. I’m not the only rider to be struggling in the rain so we’ll see if tonight we can start to improve the bike again. On the other hand we have a good pace in the dry but we can not predict the weather because here it keeps changing every hour”. 

Qualifying

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 10th (2’00.181) 

“Today was a lot better day in the dryer conditions, I feel confident and good with the bike. I think we were set for a very good qualifying lap, maybe on the front row, but I made a mistake in turn seven when pushing for the best possible lap time. I lost the front tyre which was a lot better for braking, but not so good for turning. 
“I’m disappointed to be tenth on the grid, but we made fifth position last week from tenth on the grid so we have to stay positive and see what we can do tomorrow in the long race of Malaysia.”

Race

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 15th (45’42.202) 

“Today was a very tough day. To finish 15th in the rainy conditions is very disappointing, but we had a clear issue from the warm-up lap of the race so I just had to try and stay on the bike to collect some points. We’re obviously very disappointed as a team, and me as a rider, to have this issue, but we have to go to the last race of the year in Valencia with a positive mindset. 
“I felt that we would be a lot more competitive in the rain today that what we have been, but we had something categorically wrong with the rear tyre of the bike. I had a lot of vibrations and I was in survival mode for the whole of the race. I was riding just trying to stay on the bike, only when it started to dry towards the end of the race was I able to really open the throttle of the bike in the correct way. But let’s wait and see what Valencia brings for us.” 

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