Cal Crutchlow has supported race control’s decision to call an early end to today’s action at Phillip Island, after torrential rain hit the first day of practice for the Australian Grand Prix.
Ending the day fastest despite not even changing into his leathers for the second (shortened) session of the day, the LCR Honda rider says that they made the right call in red flagging the day’s action prematurely.
“For sure it wasn’t safe. We have to understand that these bikes are rock solid and stiff even in the rain. In the end, it was pointless to go out, and in the end they made the right call. I was already in race control after free practice one saying we shouldn’t have been out there. We have to be safe. We’re all in it together.
“When you’re doing 200mph towards turn one and there’s standing water, it’s not safe. If it was a race, it would have been cancelled because you couldn’t see anything I followed Marc down the straight and couldn’t see a thing. Go down the motorway in your car at 200mph with no window wipers on, behind another car, and you’ll see what we mean!”
However, despite ending the day top of the time sheets, Crutchlow says it’s not a true indicator of his form, after not getting a chance to get a proper fast lap completed.
“I didn’t do a fast lap. I got held up on my first lap and was a second and a half slow in one sector, and then on my other lap I had to pass four guys in the last two sectors. It wasn’t a very good lap and I think I could have gone faster. I wasn’t pushing for a lap time, and I came in because my hands were so cold!"
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