Crutchlow : “I don’t care about the position.”

11 September 2021 - Latest news
Crutchlow : “I don’t care about the position.”

Crutchlow was eager to step back aboard his YZR-M1 this morning. The Briton likes the Aragon track, and he underlined that fact by frequently featuring in the top 10 throughout the session. Although he didn’t put in a time-attack, his best time, a 1’49.670s set on lap 14/17, kept him in twelfth place, 1.622s from the top.

Feeling extra confident after FP1, the number-35 rider put in a good amount of laps this afternoon to confirm the positive findings. By run 3 he shifted his attention to the mini time attack. He displayed the YZR-M1’s one-lap potential by clocking a 1’47.897s on lap 17/19. Originally the time put him in second place, but by the end of the session he was holding third in the FP2 and combined results, 0.284s from first.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – P3 – 1.47,897

“I wasn’t surprised by the lap I did after that first sector. I knew that first sector was already a good one for me, so I knew while I was going on with the rest of the lap that I would be okay. The first sector isn’t always my best sector, and I took it easy because I was a bit scared of Turn 2 with the cold front tyre. But after that I was okay. It was nice to do that lap. I haven’t pushed and done a lap like that all year, so it was about time to try and do one – and I did. We had a good day today. It was nice to be able to get up there on the timesheets, but I don’t care about the position. Of course, we want to go fast, but it’s more about giving information about how I feel with the bike. I tried a few new things today. As a test rider, that’s my job. It was good to go fast and push the bike to my limit.”

Results FP2

PosRiderTeamFastest lap
1Jack MILLERDucati Lenovo Team1’47.613
2Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’47.886
3Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1’47.897
4Johann ZARCOPramac Racing1’47.988
5Jorge MARTINPramac Racing1’48.023
6Francesco BAGNAIADucati Lenovo Team1’48.032
7Fabio QUARTARAROMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1’48.034
8Takaaki NAKAGAMILCR Honda IDEMITSU1’48.057
9Enea BASTIANINIAvintia Esponsorama1’48.086
10Pol ESPARGARORepsol Honda Team1’48.166
11Alex RINSTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1’48.267
12Brad BINDERRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’48.278
13Alex MARQUEZLCR Honda CASTROL1’48.314
14Danilo PETRUCCITech 3 KTM Factory Racing1’48.351
15Luca MARINISKY VR46 Avintia1’48.456
16Iker LECUONATech 3 KTM Factory Racing1’48.526
17Miguel OLIVEIRARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1’48.623
18Valentino ROSSIPetronas Yamaha SRT1’48.649
19Maverick VIÑALESAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’48.755
20Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda Team1’48.827
21Joan MIRTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1’48.886
22Jake DIXONPetronas Yamaha SRT1’49.987