Cal Crutchlow says life as a father has kept him grounded after the euphoria of his maiden MotoGP win at Brno two weeks ago.
The LCR Honda rider became the first British rider for 35 years to take a victory in the premier class but speaking ahead of his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, Crutchlow admits the challenges of parenthood have proven a nice distraction from the racing.
“For sure, it has sunk in. I came straight back down to reality when I had to change the nappy and feed the baby! There was no party or anything like that. It was so nice to get home. We had the test the next day in Brno so when I got home I just spent some time with Lucy, Willow and some friends, did some cycling and then turned up at Silverstone to quite a lot of chaos that we caused with the Brno win. There are a lot of people coming here this weekend which is fantastic for the championship.”
Crutchlow has had a succession of unfortunate outings on home soil since switching from World Superbikes to MotoGP, some he admits he brought on himself, but despite proving so adept in the wet at Brno, Cal doesn’t want a repeat of the same weather conditions on Sunday.
“I’ve had some tough luck here, there’s no doubt about that or I’ve created my own bad luck. I don’t particularly like the circuit layout but they put on a fantastic event and we always push to the maximum. Hopefully this weekend, we can have a good weekend and I really hope it’s dry. Everybody now thinks because I won a mixed conditions race, you want it to rain every weekend but I don’t want it to rain for any session!”