Cal Crutchlow has promised give it everything in his pursuit of a place on the front row for the British Grand Prix tomorrow. The Briton was eighth fastest in Friday practice and realises he needs to make improvements in order to achieve his aim, having not felt happy with the Tech 3 Yamaha today.
“It hasn’t been the best start to my home race and we have definitely got to make some big improvements. This morning in the wet it didn’t feel too bad but I expected to be fast after fighting for the podium in the rain at Le Mans recently. But in the dry this afternoon I had a lot of problems and the bike was quite difficult to ride. Conditions were tricky because the wind was really strong and making it difficult but it is going to be a long night checking the data and analysing where we can improve. I am not fast enough but we know we have room for improvement. I will come out fighting tomorrow and hope to put on a good show for the British fans braving the weather.”
Teammate Andrea Dovizioso was sixth quickest on the sister YZR-M1 and admitted to being unsettled by the windy conditions. The Italian is also targeting a top three position in qualifying and is unconcerned by the threat of rain tomorrow.
“This morning it was good to get some more time in the wet to work on the rain setting that we found in Le Mans. The bike worked well in France and it was positive again this morning to finish third. Although it was dry this afternoon the conditions were really tricky and not a lot of fun. It was so windy and that made it very difficult to control the bike. I am reasonably happy to be in sixth but we have some margin to improve and I am still close to the top three. That is the positive but we have to wait and see what will happen with the weather. It looks like more rain is coming but we are ready for anything and confident in the wet or dry of building on the podium achieved at the last race in Catalunya.”