Cal Crutchlow: Silverstone lowest point of 2014

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British rider Cal Crutchlow reckons his disappointing 12th place in his home race at Silverstone in late August was the lowest point of his 2014 MotoGP campaign with Ducati.

Crutchlow was struggling outside of the top 10 in his home race while Ducati Desmosedici teammate Andrea Dovizioso was battling for the podium with nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa.

Crutchlow reckons his big crash in the second race of the season at Texas that also ruled him of the Argentina round was the biggest of his career.

But it wasn’t the lowest point of a season for Isle of Man-based Crutchlow, which also saw the former World Supersport champion suffer late heartache in Phillip Island when he crashed out on the final lap while sitting in a comfortable second spot.

In an exclusive interview with the recent issue of MCN Sport magazine, the 29-year-old said: “I would say the low point was riding around Silverstone and not being competitive. It wasn’t through not trying because I was giving my all at that point but I just wasn’t fast enough. That wasn’t the Cal Crutchlow the fans are used to seeing. I was digging deep and trying my best but I was slow. And for Andrea to be fourth and really close to the podium and me absolutely nowhere and just riding round to finish the race was one of the worst.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt