Crutchlow tops FP2 in Malaysia

21 October 2022 - Latest news
Crutchlow tops FP2 in Malaysia

Friday saw all kind of typical Malaysian weather at the Sepang International Circuit. After a hot and humid morning session, heavy rain hit the area and delivered a delay of FP2, which eventually started on wet tarmac, but ended in drying conditions.

Cal Crutchlow had an interesting Friday. He used Free Practice one this morning to try several changes on his bike and thereby finished in 18th position. In FP2, he was one of the first riders going out on slicks in the final seven minutes. He showed a fantastic pace in tricky conditions and eventually topped the session with an advantage of 0.9 seconds to World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia, pleasing the entire WithU Yamaha RNF crew. On the combined timesheet Crutchlow is in 18th, in FP2 no faster times were set then in FP1 because of the track conditions.

#35 Cal Crutchlow – P18 –

“Today, I felt quite good overall. At the start of the session, it wasn‘t easy, the bike in that condition is not good, when the track is greasy and hot and there is some water. But afterwards, when it started to dry a little bit, the M1 started to feel really good. So I was able to push, and then I went with the slicks and felt okay with it. I think we could have been even faster, but it was nice to be on top of a session again, also for the team to have something to cheer during this difficult year for them. At the same time, it’s obviously great to do that here at the home GP with all the Malaysian fans and sponsors, although the session was quite irrelevant.”

Results FP2: