Cal Crutchlow believes the Silverstone circuit’s bumps are causing a big problem for the riders this weekend, especially due to the change to Michelin tyres. The home favourite, fresh from his maiden victory at Brno two weeks ago, was third fastest behind Andrea Iannone and Maverick Vinales but the tricky circuit conditions were the talk of his post-session debrief.
The LCR Honda rider explained the challenge he and his rivals face in Northamptonshire with the Michelin tyres requiring a different style which has knock-on effects when passing over the bumps.
“With these Michelin fronts, you can’t brake in the same place as last year. You can’t take the risk. I think the track is a lot bumpier than last year. The rears are not too bad, a lot of movement from them, but I think you will also see us go faster over the weekend.”
Crutchlow added that the riders collectively preferred a resurfacing of the circuit but admits it is an unlikely scenario and will strive to overcome the issues.
“We know the bumps with the Michelins are worse than last year. Even though they’re softer, they don’t go over the bumps as well. Last year, we could brake later and not go over the bumps as fast but they’re definitely bigger, they’re shinier on the surface. We’ve wanted it resurfaced for the last five years but it’s gonna be difficult to convince them. I’m sure we’ll all be pushing in the safety commission tonight.”
“Maybe it’s because it’s pan-flat. A lot of the other circuits you brake uphill or downhill. Here it’s flat so you notice it more. It’s the same for everybody but I’d obviously prefer if they changed it.”