Crutchlow just outside the points in Aragon

12 September 2021 - Latest news
Crutchlow just outside the points in Aragon

Cal Crutchlow had a decent start from fifteenth on the grid but did lose four positions before crossing the start-finish line for the first time. However, after an eventful opening lap the Briton started to find his rhythm. He overtook Maverick Viñales on lap 2 and started a battle with Luca Marini on lap 3. Crutchlow and Marini swapped positions multiple times, but it was the Yamaha man who came out victorious. Having secured 17th place, it looked like the remainder of the race would be a lonely ride for the Brit. Yet he kept his head down, using it as a good opportunity work on being one with the YZR-M1. His dedication was rewarded when he gained another place overtaking Johann Zarco. The number-35 kept focused on his own race and was making further strides. He had Danilo Petrucci in his sights but came just 0.690s short of claiming a championship point. Crutchlow finished the race in 16th place, 26.413s from the front.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – P16 – + 26,413

“I did enjoy it, and that’s the main thing. Enjoying the race and getting the information for Yamaha was our aim for this weekend. I’m disappointed with my position, but my position was severely hampered after the first lap contact with I think it was Alex Marquez. I had made a great start to eleventh already. I had the pace for a top 10 today I believe, but I ran off track, ran across the grass, came back on track, and then I hit another rider. I was back in 20th or something. I had to make up some positions, that was okay. I got held up by Marini after this, then I came across a 2s gap to the group in front of me. We struggled today, but it was good for information. I was pleased with my pace when I was not battling or something like that, which is positive. This means we can keep testing in a good way, because I will be testing here in two weeks’ time again.

Race results

Pos.RiderTeamTime / Gap
1Francesco BAGNAIADucati Lenovo Team41’44.422
2Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda Team+0.673
4Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia Racing Team Gresini9.269
5Jack MILLERDucati Lenovo Team11.928
6Enea BASTIANINIAvintia Esponsorama13.757
7Brad BINDERRed Bull KTM Factory Racing14.064
8Fabio QUARTARAROMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP16.575
9Jorge MARTINPramac Racing16.615
10Takaaki NAKAGAMILCR Honda IDEMITSU16.904
11Iker LECUONATech 3 KTM Factory Racing17.124
13Pol ESPARGARORepsol Honda Team19.680
14Miguel OLIVEIRARed Bull KTM Factory Racing22.703
15Danilo PETRUCCITech 3 KTM Factory Racing25.723
16Cal CRUTCHLOWMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP26.413
17Johann ZARCOPramac Racing26.620
18Maverick VIÑALESAprilia Racing Team Gresini27.128
19Valentino ROSSIPetronas Yamaha SRT32.517
20Luca MARINISKY VR46 Avintia39.073
not classified
Jake DIXONPetronas Yamaha SRT22 Laps