Crutchlow left disappointed with absence of pace

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Cal Crutchlow says he has no answer for the lack of pace he’s had all weekend at his home Grand Prix, and after qualifying a lowly fifteenth for tomorrow’s race doesn’t believe that he’ll be able to achieve much more on the factory Ducati.
Unable to find any edge grip from the Ducati, Crutchlow has no confidence when tipping the bike into corners and can’t carry lean angle. His issues with the bike are made doubly frustrating with teammate Andrea Dovivozo finding quick form on the machine to take yet another front row start.
“It is the same as every other day – disappointing and not fast enough to be in the pace of the other Ducati guys. I don’t think I have ever been so slow at Silverstone and I was faster probably with a superbike or certainly able to compete more. I have never been this uncompetitive, especially around this circuit and it is disappointing.”
“I don’t have any feeling with the bike or the tyres and I don’t really see a way by tomorrow morning that we will find it. Hopefully we can see something in the data that we can improve but we are too far away to the other Ducati riders and everybody in front in qualifying. I am too far away.”
“I never expected at any point in my career that I would be struggling for pace. I didn’t expect that I would be riding around two seconds off my teammate. But what can I say? I can’t do or say anything that will change it for tomorrow. It doesn’t make a difference if it is the home GP or not. I am here to race in all tracks, so it is disappointing and not good enough and I don’t see a way of improving by tomorrow or any other race.”

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Simon Patterson

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