Crutchlow Qatar Test
LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow signed off his pre-season testing in positive fashion as he finished fourth fastest on the third and final day in Qatar. The Briton was once again towards the top of the timesheets throughout the day as he completed a total of 57 laps to gain more valuable information on the 2018 RC213V.
During the final hour of the session, Crutchlow took part as the layout was watered to allow riders to test safety in the event of wet conditions at the Losail International Circuit. The 32-year-old feels there is still work to be done ahead of the season-opening race at the same venue in two weeks’ time, but is satisfied with the pace he has generated on his new machinery.
(1’54.457 – lap 29 of 57)
“Today was the third day of testing and the final one before the season-opener in two weeks’ time, but we are quite positive about the feeling with the bike in the dry. We definitely still have to improve, but at least the team have the information to work with Honda over the next couple of weeks to evaluate the situation. Our front feeling is not perfect yet, but I was able to be consistently fast over the day which is important”.
“Our problem is the front tyre specifications. None of them suit my riding style it seems, so we’ll have to look at this for the race weekend as it will be crucial. But overall we’re happy enough with today’s performance, I did a 12-lap run that I was happy with. In the wet weather test, I thought the vision was ok, but the track was really slippery and I’m sure we’ll discuss this in the safety commission for the first race in Qatar.”