Cal Crutchlow is eager for some dry running as he faces the challenge of learning another brand new circuit at the Sachsenring this weekend. The Briton has lost valuable track time as rain has interfered with the last three events he has tackled on MotoGP machinery.
At Mugello, Crutchlow's hopes were dashed by high tyre wear for the second weekend in succession as the Monster Yamaha Tech3 squad continued to struggle with the front end of the YZR-M1. But the 25 year old is hopeful that a dry weekend will allow them to get the bottom of the issue.
“After all the weather disruptions of the last few weeks, I’m just hoping for a dry weekend so I can learn the track quicker. And I’m also hoping for hot conditions because that will give me an opportunity to solve some of the front-end issues I’ve been experiencing lately. When the temperature is hot I’ve had some issues with front-end feeling, so hopefully some hot weather will give us the perfect opportunity to find a solution. I’m confident I can be running back inside the top ten and getting the results I know that the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is capable of.”
The 3.671km Sachsenring circuit is famously twist, with 10 of the 13 corners left-handed, but Crutchlow has assured that his previously broken left collarbone will not cause him difficulty.
“Like a lot of tracks so far in 2011, I haven’t seen this one before but it looks really good on TV and I can’t wait to get started on Friday. The track is obviously dominated by left-hand turns but I’m not worried that is going to be a big problem for me. The left collarbone I broke at Silverstone last month is fine and I’m happy with the progress it is making.”
The eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland weekend begins with FP1 on Friday morning and The Checkered Flag will have full coverage throughout the weekend.