Crutchlow disappointed with first points-scoring finish

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Cal Crutchlow was once again left disappointed with the fourth round of the MotoGP championship in Jerez last weekend, despite the Brit finally managing to get points on the board after finishing his first race of the 2016 season.

But, claiming afterwards that a dud tyre from Michelin had left him fighting vibrations, he was left unhappy at going backwards in the 27-lap race.

“I didn´t come here to finish eleventh, and before the race I felt I could have battled with Pedrosa. My pace was comfortable all weekend, and I felt I could finish with him – and he finished fourth. But we had something wrong with the rear tyre.

“That´s no excuse, but at the end of the day we needed to finish. Once I started the warm-up lap I knew there was a problem, and I knew it was going to be a long 27 laps. Honda are working to hard to give us a better bike though, and at least we can give them come information form a full race distance to hopefully help things.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer