Cal Crutchlow used the second day to improve his race pace with the Factory Yamaha bike and will start the Monster Energy British Grand Prix from 19th on the grid.
Cal Crutchlow started Day 2 at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix event booking good progress in terms of race pace. However, he had hoped for more during the qualifying sessions.
Crutchlow had made good steps in FP3 and FP4, making him all the more curious to see what he could do in the Q1 session. His 2‘03.011s banker lap put him in provisional seventh place. The live timing started flashing various red sectors, and the local hero joined in on the fun. His next 2‘00.440s temporarily moved him up to sixth, though he was in seventh place when he returned to the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP pit box for a change of tyres with six minutes left on the clock.
Following a quick stop and out lap, he had two more chances to improve his time. He was in ninth place and pushing, setting two personal best sectors, but a crash by Enea Bastianini in Sector 3 meant the number-35 rider had to roll off the throttle. It was now or never for the Briton. His final effort, a 2‘00.217s, was a nice improvement on his time. It ultimately kept him 9th in the Q1 standings and put him in 19th place on the grid.
#35 Cal Crutchlow – P19 – 2.00,217
“I feel good with the set-up of the bike and I’m riding in a good way, but I don’t feel comfortable at the moment. The bike was shaking a lot, and we’re trying to work out why. I went back to the setting I tested with many times, and that was better in the corners and on acceleration, but still on the straights it was exactly the same. We will look into that tonight. I did have a couple of good sessions. FP3 and FP4 were good. Just Qualifying was not. I made some mistakes, and on my fastest lap I got the yellow flag. That would have been a good lap, and I would have been right up there. My qualifying time was the same as the last time I rode here, so it shows I am still able to go fast, it’s just that everybody else is going faster.”
Results Q1 & Q2 combined:
|1||Pol ESPARGARO||Repsol Honda Team||1’58.889|
|2||Francesco BAGNAIA||Ducati Lenovo Team||1’58.911|
|3||Fabio QUARTARARO||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||1’58.925|
|4||Jorge MARTIN||Pramac Racing||1’59.074|
|5||Marc MARQUEZ||Repsol Honda Team||1’59.086|
|6||Aleix ESPARGARO||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1’59.273|
|7||Jack MILLER||Ducati Lenovo Team||1’59.368|
|8||Valentino ROSSI||Petronas Yamaha SRT||1’59.531|
|9||Johann ZARCO||Pramac Racing||1’59.579|
|10||Alex RINS||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1’59.639|
|11||Joan MIR||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1’59.763|
|12||Brad BINDER||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||1’59.977|
|13||Enea BASTIANINI||Avintia Esponsorama||1’59.553|
|14||Luca MARINI||SKY VR46 Avintia||1’59.764|
|15||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||1’59.881|
|16||Danilo PETRUCCI||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||1’59.997|
|17||Alex MARQUEZ||LCR Honda CASTROL||2’00.117|
|18||Iker LECUONA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||2’00.131|
|19||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||2’00.217|
|20||Miguel OLIVEIRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||2’00.391|
|21||Jake DIXON||Petronas Yamaha SRT||2’00.869|
Source: motogp.com, yamaha-racing.com