MotoGP: Crutchlow hoping for dry weekend

Published: 01 September 2016

Cal Crutchlow is hoping for the sun to continue shining over Silverstone as he heads in to this weekend’s British Grand Prix having made history last time out at Brno.

Despite becoming the first Brit to win a race in the premiere class of Grand Prix racing for 35 years in iffy conditions, the LCR Honda man has said he’d much prefer it to be dry for each session this weekend. 

“I really want this weekend to be dry!” he said at Silverstone on Thursday. “Everybody seems to think that just because I won in mixed conditions now means I want it to rain every weekend, but honestly I don’t want it to rain for any session. That being said, I’ll give it 100% whatever the weather.” 

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Crutchlow has endured a chequered history at the British Grand Prix, with a number of crashes and consequent injuries often holding him back. However, the British racer has won at the 3.194-mile Silverstone circuit in World Superbikes.  

“I’ve had some tough luck here, there’s no doubt about that. I don’t particularly like the circuit layout but it’s a fantastic event. We always push to the maximum it’s just over the years it hasn’t worked so well for me, like last year with Jack deciding he wanted to lay on top of me after five laps!”

There were no elaborate celebrations for Crutchlow after achieving his maiden Grand Prix victory in the Czech Republic. An early start the next day for testing at the Brno circuit meant he couldn’t party with his LCR Honda team and desperate to get back to wife Lucy and newborn daughter, Willow, he was on the first plane home after the test.

“I think the win has sunk in, but I came straight back down to reality when I went home and changed a nappy and fed the baby! There was no party or anything like that, I just enjoyed spending time with my family and a bit of cycling ahead of this weekend.”  

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