Second row for Crutchlow in season-opener in Spain

18 July 2020 - Latest news
Second row for Crutchlow in season-opener in Spain

Cal Crutchlow took an excellent second row start in the first qualifying session of the delayed and truncated 2020 MotoGP World Championship at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The LCR Honda Castrol man will start Sunday’s 25-lap race from sixth on the grid after a hard-fought lap in scorching conditions during qualifying. The British rider has been on form all weekend, regularly finishing amongst the top positions on board his factory Honda RC213V, and will be hopeful of challenging for the podium in the gruelling race. The event is set to be brutal affair with temperatures soaring in the Spanish summer sun, and the Sunday’s first of 13 provisional rounds starts at 2pm local time (GMT+2).

Cal Crutchlow – 6th (1’37.454)
“Today was a positive enough day to finish in the top six and be on the second row for the first race of the season tomorrow in Jerez. I don’t feel particularly fantastic with the bike at the moment, however, and I need to improve for the race. In the hotter conditions the package isn’t quite working exactly how I would like, and I think we can make it a bit better on Sunday.  We worked hard and did a good job during qualifying. I made a couple of mistakes on my fast lap and think I could have gone a bit faster, but I don’t think I would have made the front row anyway. It’s a great job by the whole LCR Honda Castrol Team in difficult circumstances, and I look forward to finally getting in 25 laps of race action.”

results Q1 & Q2 combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Fabio QUARTARARO Petronas Yamaha SRT 1’36.705
2 Maverick VIÑALES Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1’36.844
3 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’36.862
4 Francesco BAGNAIA Pramac Racing 1’36.955
5 Jack MILLER Pramac Racing 1’37.453
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL 1’37.454
7 Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’37.493
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’37.535
9 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’37.636
10 Franco MORBIDELLI Petronas Yamaha SRT 1’37.674
11 Valentino ROSSI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1’37.741
12 Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’37.784
13 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’37.396
14 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati Team 1’37.423
15 Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1’37.434
16 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’37.940
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1’37.964
18 Bradley SMITH Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’37.966
19 Tito RABAT Hublot Reale Avintia Racing 1’38.029
20 Johann ZARCO Hublot Reale Avintia Racing 1’38.106
21 Alex MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’38.256
22 Iker LECUONA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1’38.512