MotoGP: Crutchlow out to win British Grand Prix

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Cal Crutchlow says he’s confident he can be in with a shout with winning his home MotoGP race at tomorrow’s British Grand Prix, after a strong qualifying translated into a front row start for tomorrow’s race alongside pole man Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.

The British racer has been strong all weekend at Silverstone, finishing yesterday the fastest man overall, and says he can be competitive come tomorrow’s race after today’s performance.

However, he admits that he doesn’t expect that it’s going to be easy to beat Marc Marquez after the stunning performance that the Repsol Honda racer delivered in today’s final session.

“I think Marc is the strongest, just because he’s riding in a different way. He’s a lot more in control than he usually is – he looks smoother, even though he can take the risk in qualifying. But Maverick and Vale are also strong. Maverick might have a little stronger pace than Vale, but we know that he’ll be as strong as anyone on the grid come race day.

“The lap time is coming ok for me though, a little easier than it seems to be for some of the others. We haven’t tried much over the weekend, but we can win tomorrow. I don’t know if I will, but I’ll tell you one thing – it’s win or bust. Fuck it – what have I got to lose?”

And one thing that’s not bothering the LCR Honda rider at all is the pressure of the event, with Crutchlow adamant that it doesn’t bother him carrying the expectations of so many.

“I had the pressure last year I still finished on the podium so I’ll be ok. I’m not saying its any different from any other race, but if you don’t finish the race, you don’t finish the race, and if you finish tenth, you’re tenth. You’ve got to win it.

“I think everyone was just waiting for me to win a race, or waiting for a British guy to win a race. I’m glad I was the one to do it, although the others are nowhere near me at the minute. But I’m still consistently doing a good job – and I think I can win another race before the end of the season. I don’t know which one, but I can win.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer