Cal Crutchlow is keen to replicate his 2015 form at Argentina’s Termas de Río Hondo circuit, where the LCR Honda rider top podium success last year.
He was able to convert a fourth place into a podium after a late tumble from second for Marc Marquez – and says he felt confident enough at the opening round in Qatar to run a similar pace until an electrical problem caused him to fall.
“Overall we started the season well and honestly I felt good on the bike. What happened in Qatar it’s a shame but we need to take the positive from that, as we were competitive enough. We knew that the lap times got faster and faster and faster over the race and I was pleased for that.
“Last year it was a sensational moment for me and the team here in Argentina and I am looking forward to this weekend. Hopefully we can repeat the podium this year”.
The weekend also marks a series of important anniversaries for the LCR squad, coming 30 years after team boss Lucio Cecchinello joined the sport, 20 years after the founding of the LCR team, and ten years from their link-up with Honda in the premiere class.
"Since 1986 me and the LCR Team have come a long way and this anniversary fills me with enormous pride. The racing world is an integral part of my life and my greatest passion; every single day me and all my collaborators do our best to make the LCR Team grow stronger.
“There have been good and bad times but I never thought about quitting. The support of my family in the first place, the support of my colleagues and our partners has always given me the strength to go on and try to improve myself. If I look back I can’t imagine a life without racing".