Cal Crutchlow sees plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the rest of the Catalunya Grand Prix weekend after going third fastest in Friday practice. The Briton was three tenths behind pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo and thinks there are a number of areas where he can improve in order to close the gap, one of them being his pace in the last sector.
“Today was a good start to the weekend and I was fast and competitive in both sessions. The bike was working well right from the start but we can definitely improve it for the rest of the weekend. I need to focus on being faster in the last two corners. On times I’m not too bad in that part of the track but I don’t feel very comfortable, so we need to work on the setting to improve in that section for tomorrow. I am not so far away from the top and can definitely improve my pace, but my best time was done on the soft tyre at the end. I see Casey and Dani only used the hard tyre, so you have to believe that they will be much higher up. I am still happy with my performance today and it is always good to make a positive and fast start to the weekend to build up confidence.”
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Andrea Dovizioso was hot on the heels of Crutchlow in fourth and showed impressive consistency during the second session. The Italian believes tyres will be critical towards the end of Sunday's race and feels well prepared in that area.
“I am really satisfied with the work we did today. The times I did were quite fast but we have a lot of margin to improve. I did my best lap time using a soft rear tyre but I didn’t change the front tyre for the whole session. If I had a new front with the new soft rear then I am sure I could have been quicker but it wasn’t worth pushing too hard. I have spent most of the day working on the endurance of the tyres and concentrating on the set-up of the bike to work well for the end of the race when the grip is less. In this heat it will be the rider who can keep the best grip for the longest that will have a good chance in the race, so we worked on this area a lot today and gained some important information. Finally I’d like to show my support for the victims of the recent earthquakes in Italy. This is a difficult moment for many people and my thoughts and prayers are with them.”