Cal Crutchlow arrived to Montmelo riding the wave of two consecutive podium finishes and his efforts in qualifying showed that once again the Englishman will be fighting at the front during tomorrow’s Catalan Grand Prix.
The Tech3 rider will start the race from second on the grid after a superb performance where for the first time since Estoril last year he was the leading Yamaha qualifier. Even though Dani Pedrosa smashed the lap record for pole position,with what Crutchlow said was an “incredible lap”, tomorrow’s 25 lap race looks set to be very competitive.
“It’s going to be a difficult race because there are so many riders on the same pace,” said Crutchlow. “I think that Dani and Jorge have a little bit over some of the other guys but I believe that there’s a lot of guys on a similar pace so we need to make sure that we can get away with them. We know the speed of consistency of Jorge and Dani’s lap today was incredible so hopefully we can get away with them tomorrow and do a good job.”
Having spent all of Friday’s afternoon practice session using the hard compound tyre Crutchlow is one of the few riders who can feel confident in racing either compound during the race. Whereas most of the field have complained about the lack of sidegrip with the harder compound tyre Crutchlow commented that:
“We put in a lot of work yesterday and carried it over today. I wasn’t too worried by the position yesterday [P5 in FP2] because I thought we could always improve and today showed that. I’m in two minds at the moment. The soft is good but I can do similar laptimes on the harder tyre which isn’t usually like me. I don’t see any reason why we can’t race that tyre tomorrow but we’ll analyse it tonight and decide.”