Having been off the pace all weekend today’s sixth place finish marked a strong performance by Cal Crutchlow who dug deep in qualifying to start on the second row and then battled throughout the 28 lap race with Stefan Bradl.
Ultimately Crutchlow was overtaken on the last lap but having ridden mistake free for the 28 lap race distance at Misano the Englishman was happy with his efforts:
“After this weekend where I was twelfth in practice, tenth in practice and useless with Bautista, Dovi and Hayden all faster than us we finished the race way ahead of them,” said the Tech3 rider. “I’m happy to finish the race and happy to finish sixth. Obviously I wanted to be battling at the front but it wasn’t possible all weekend. It wasn’t possible for Valentino either, he had better pace than me but no enough. Lorenzo is on another planet and I can’t even look at his result today I have to look at our result and it’s a long way better than Silverstone and better than what we’ve had all weekend and I felt fine riding the bike in the race.
“I got dropped by the first group straight away but I was happy with my rhythm and the lap times that I was doing for the whole race. I was consistently doing a lap time that was one of my fastest times from practice and I was able to do it all day. I never made any mistake even with a guy behind me the whole race. I didn’t really do anything wrong, I didn’t do too much right either, but I think that we can take a lot of positives from today. I’m more confident today than I was on Friday evening.”
Even with the positives of today’s race Crutchlow made it clear that the team are still far from where they want to be with the Englishman having suffered from a lack of confidence throughout the race:
“I am still 22s from the win and at the start of the year we were a lot closer. I knew this would be a difficult and so will Aragon. I feel that I rode well [today] and for race craft and technique it was probably one of my best races.”