Crutchlow slowly getting used to factory bike in Silverstone

27 August 2021 - Latest news
Crutchlow slowly getting used to factory bike in Silverstone

Cal Crutchlow used the available track time to get used to the Factory Yamaha bike at the Silverstone Circuit. His fastest time of the day took him up to 16th place in the combined free practice results.

The cold morning temperatures (14°C) and tarmac (19°C) also didn‘t bother new Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider Crutchlow. The local MotoGP hero used the 45 minutes of FP1 to get used to the Factory Yamaha bike and gradually upped his pace. Knowing Silverstone like the back of his hand, he steadily climbed up the rankings and at the end of the session dipped under the 2‘02s-mark. His 2‘01.966s best time, set on lap 15/17, earned him 12th place, 1.025s from first.

The Briton followed the same strategy in the afternoon. He used most of the available track time to work on race pace and the final third of the session to push. The number-35 rider had just moved up to 17th place before the usual mini time attacks started. He also returned to the pits to switch to medium-soft tyres. Crutchlow improved his time to a 2‘00.882s on his last lap, which secured him 16th position in the FP2 and combined free practice results, 1.565 s from the top.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – P16 – 2.00,882

“It was a day of learning again. In Austria I got used to the feeling of the 2019 bike. I hadn’t ridden the 2021 bike since the start of April. The feeling was a little bit different, and the position on the bike was a bit different. The mechanics worked very well to give me a better feeling with the bike in that area. Overall, it was not a bad day. I felt okay and comfortable enough. I wanted to be a bit faster than I was, but this is the situation at the moment. I felt we did a good job. We made some good changes. Tomorrow we expect more. We will make more changes, and we expect to have the bike similar to how I had it at the test, which is a bit different and more experimental than those of the other guys. Overall, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team worked great today, and we look forward to tomorrow.”

Results FP2

PosRiderTeamFastest lap
1Fabio QUARTARAROMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1’59.317
2Jack MILLERDucati Lenovo Team1’59.829
3Jorge MARTINPramac Racing1’59.939
4Pol ESPARGARORepsol Honda Team2’00.035
5Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda Team2’00.051
6Francesco BAGNAIADucati Lenovo Team2’00.102
7Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia Racing Team Gresini2’00.219
8Brad BINDERRed Bull KTM Factory Racing2’00.315
9Alex RINSTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2’00.392
10Valentino ROSSIPetronas Yamaha SRT2’00.400
11Iker LECUONATech 3 KTM Factory Racing2’00.413
12Enea BASTIANINIAvintia Esponsorama2’00.548
13Joan MIRTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2’00.725
14Johann ZARCOPramac Racing2’00.810
15Takaaki NAKAGAMILCR Honda IDEMITSU2’00.870
16Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP2’00.882
17Luca MARINISKY VR46 Avintia2’01.058
18Danilo PETRUCCITech 3 KTM Factory Racing2’01.405
19Miguel OLIVEIRARed Bull KTM Factory Racing2’01.412
20Alex MARQUEZLCR Honda CASTROL2’01.496
21Jake DIXONPetronas Yamaha SRT2’02.601
22Lorenzo SAVADORIAprilia Racing Team Gresini2’05.138