Crutchlow going for the podium at home race
Cal Crutchlow has had a string of good results in the past couple of races. He now has some confidence going into his home race at Silverstone and is hoping for a podium.
LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow will be looking to continue his streak of good results in front of his home crowd at the British GP next weekend at Silverstone.
At the last six races, Crutchlow has managed to be in the top six five times and had one DNF. His best finish in the past couple of races was last time out at the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring where he finished fourth place.
Crutchlow was nine seconds off the win and beat the likes of Danilo Petrucci on a factory Ducati bike and Valentino Rossi on the factory team Yamaha bike. Which means he took the top Independent team spot in Parc Ferme for the second time in successive races.
On a track where the team had struggled in the past, Crutchlow managed to finish the race four seconds ahead of the field behind him.
Reflecting on the good performance in Austria, Crutchlow said: “We weren’t able to compete for the podium here today, but before the weekend I said we’d be happy with a top six finish and that’s what we have come away with.
“I rode well, but I couldn’t go away with the front guys at the start. It was impossible with the hard front tyre as I needed to build heat into it, as I almost found out at turn four on the first lap when I nearly went down.”
Now, all of his focus is now on his home race at Silverstone. Previous races will give him great confidence going into the British GP next weekend.
Crutchlow said: “To go away from here with valuable points and a couple of races of strong finishes it means that I can throw the chips all in at Silverstone in two weeks. A top-five finish won’t be out of the question, and I will aim to get onto that podium in front of the home fans.”
Crutchlow’s best finish at the British GP was second place two years ago in 2016 when Maverick Vinales won his first ever MotoGP race on the Suzuki and Rossi was in third, completing the podium places.
Crutchlow has already won a race this year at the Argentina GP and he’s hoping to win again at his home race with the crowd pushing him on.