Cal Crutchlow doesn't think his eighth position in Friday Practice at Mugello reflects the potential of him or his Yamaha bike and expects to move forward tomorrow. The Briton had his day slightly disrupted when his bike stopped in the morning (below) and still has problems he'd like to iron out with his machine.
Crutchlow was encouraged by his consistency in race trim though and still thinks he's on course for a good weekend.
“It was a decent day and my final position in eighth is probably not a true indication of my speed at the moment. I am sure I could be much faster but I didn’t really push for a fast time and concentrated a lot on working on the set-up for the race. There are a couple of areas we can improve the bike but I am confident we can do that and I will be fighting for a good grid position tomorrow. I lost a bit of time this morning with a small technical problem but I was still able to set a fast and consistent pace all day. My potential is definitely higher than eighth, so I am looking forward to tomorrow and carrying on the good work we have completed today.”
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Andrea Dovizioso made a smoother start to the weekend, going fourth quickest, and also thinks he has a motorcycle capable of challenging the frontrunners.
“I am really happy with the way my home race has started. I arrive in Mugello in front of my home supporters full of confidence after the podiums in Assen and Sachsenring and we have made a positive start. We made a big improvement to the set-up of the bike this afternoon. I have more feeling with the front-end and I was much faster than in the morning, even though the conditions were worse. The temperature was hotter but the wind was much stronger this afternoon, so I’m happy to have improved by so much. The gap to Lorenzo is only 0.2s and I only used the hard tyres to focus on the race set-up for Sunday. We need to improve the bike to help the lap times comes a little bit easier but I am confident that we can find another big step like we did today.”