Cal Crutchlow is feeling positive about his prospects for the weekend despite crashing heavily in the opening practice session at Indianapolis. The Briton lost control on a damp patch in FP1 but bounced back to take sixth and is happy with the performance of his Yamaha YZR-M1.
“I am pretty happy to finish sixth overall on the first day because I had a big crash this morning and it could have been much worse. Fortunately I wasn’t injured but there were a few damp patches still on the track after the storms from yesterday but it was really hard to see them. I took a big hit on the left side of my body but I was able to recover well and ride strongly this afternoon. We made some good changes to the bike that gave us some more grip but it was obvious this morning the track wasn’t in great condition when you look at how slow the lap times were. I used the same hard rear tyre for the whole session and we gained a lot of valuable information that will help for Sunday’s race. I did my fastest lap on the last one, which is a really good sign and bodes well for the rest of the weekend.”
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Andrea Dovizioso stayed out of trouble and finished a competitive fourth but the Italian was less happy than Crutchlow and wants to take another step forward before qualifying.
“I’m really happy with my rhythm this afternoon because this morning the track was unbelievable. There was absolutely no grip and it was very difficult to try and understand the feeling from the bike or where the limit was. I improved by more than three seconds from this morning so it shows how bad the conditions were. But we expected this because it’s always like this here. The infield track we race on is not used during the whole year, so it’s quite dirty. And yesterday’s rain certainly would not have helped. We made some good changes to the bike for the second session but we need to improve our pace again tomorrow. Ben was able to do some very consistent laps and he is the benchmark for Yamaha so far. I can look forward to tomorrow though with a lot of confidence and I’m sure I can be fighting to be on the second row at least. If we can find some more grip, particularly on corner entry, then we should be very competitive tomorrow.”