Confident Crutchlow sees potential

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Cal Crutchlow finished the day eighth fastest after a overcoming a brake problem that affected the LCR-Honda rider throughout the day. Crutchlow, who found almost a second compared to yesterday, set his fastest time on his last lap of the day and afterwards was in good form about his efforts on the penultimate day of the second test.

"It was quite positive actually, I feel good and I feel confident," said Crutchlow. "The track condition was bad all day and we have a problem and a limitation on corner entry, I feel that it's a lot more than our competitors, and we can't really improve it. We're at a limit in that area and we're sliding a lot going into the corner, a lot more than we need to, and not able to stop the bike."

Crutchlow completed 61 laps today and with the bike not working perfectly but it was clear that he felt that he had made strides in being able to ride the Honda in the correct way now which requires the rider to commit to braking as late and as hard as possible but with ongoing issues with rear grip it's clear that there is still work to be done.

"I feel that we've got a limitation with the rear end on corner entry and I think that's holding us back quite a lot. I feel that I'm pushing quite hard and can ride it quite hard. I'm happy with that and I'm not worried about not being able to push."

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Steve English

By Steve English