Crutchlow battles on to 5th row in Jerez

26 July 2020 - Latest news
Crutchlow battles on to 5th row in Jerez

LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow produced a brave ride to finish in 13th place in qualifying for Sunday’s Andalusian Grand Prix. Despite undergoing wrist surgery earlier in the week, the Briton only narrowly missed out on a spot in Q2 on Saturday and will now start from the fifth row in the second of back-to-back races at the Jerez Circuit in southern Spain.

Crutchlow made some small improvements in the morning’s FP3 session to end up in 17th position before taking 20th in FP4. But he showed all of his fighting spirit in Q1 as he battled into third, finishing just over a tenth behind Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli who took the second and final spot in Q2. Crutchlow remains upbeat ahead of Sunday’s event but admits race management will be key as he rides through the pain barrier once again.

Cal Crutchlow – 13th (1’37.644)
“Obviously today was going to be a difficult day trying to qualify for the grid in the MotoGP race, but I want to thank the LCR Honda CASTROL team and Honda for giving me a good enough bike to try and do some good laps today. In the free practices I didn’t feel fantastic with the bike and also in qualifying, but I think that was also me riding the bike with some hesitation. But hopefully we can start the race tomorrow and have a good ride. It’s important to see our position in the race and manage it well as 25 laps round here is not going to be easy, but we’ll try our best for our team, sponsors and manufacturer.”

Results Q1 & Q2 combined:

PosRiderTeamFastest lap
1Fabio QUARTARAROPetronas Yamaha SRT1’37.007
2Maverick VIÑALESMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1’37.102
3Francesco BAGNAIAPramac Racing1’37.176
4Valentino ROSSIMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1’37.342
5Miguel OLIVEIRARed Bull KTM Tech 31’37.344
6Franco MORBIDELLIPetronas Yamaha SRT1’37.412
7Jack MILLERPramac Racing1’37.423
8Takaaki NAKAGAMILCR Honda IDEMITSU1’37.464
9Brad BINDERRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’37.596
10Joan MIRTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1’37.600
11Danilo PETRUCCIDucati Team1’37.906
12Pol ESPARGARORed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’40.277
14Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati Team1’37.656
15Johann ZARCOHublot Reale Avintia1’37.761
16Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’37.885
17Iker LECUONARed Bull KTM Tech 31’38.206
18Tito RABATHublot Reale Avintia1’38.211
19Bradley SMITHAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’38.310
20Alex RINSTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1’38.601
21Alex MARQUEZRepsol Honda Team1’38.648
22Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamNTS