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MotoGP, Crutchlow: Ducati has little to be happy with

Sunday, 04 May 2014 19:41 by Matteo Aglio - MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow - GPOne.comCal Crutchlow broke out during the after race media scrum, also because of a difficult and even dangerous race. “I do not understand what there is to celebrate when you arrives almost thirty seconds off the front – he blurted out, referring to the fifth place of Dovizioso – even if it went better than last year there is very little to be happy with”. Ducati has made strides forward, but the English knows that Yamaha and Honda are still too far apart. Things got even worse when he spoke about his race: “After the accident I did everything to get back into shape for Jerez, I trained, I flew from one side to the other of the world. And all this for three laps of shit”.

Cal had to come into the pits with a front brake problem that led to his retirement. “I got a good start and the feeling with my bike was the best I’ve had all weekend. I was making up some places and was up to ninth when my brakes suddenly failed. I slowed down for a lap to try and see if they would work again, but they didn’t and I pulled in just to be on the safe side, but it was clear that I had no brake lever working”.

Gigi Dall’Igna confirmed that Cal had a problem on the brakes. “I’m obviously sorry about what happened to Cal because his bike had a problem that had never appeared before. The fluid in the brake system reached a really high temperature and we are checking with Brembo the reason for this problem”.

Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista e Aleix Espargaro - GPOne.comAndrea Dovizioso, fifth, around 27 seconds off the front, was quite in a different mood. "I am so happy with this fifth place. Jerez is one of the toughest tracks for Ducati and for me: this result is very important and it confirms that we are working well and that I can now manage to get the best out of the GP14 in the race. The gap to the leaders however is still too big, but in this early part of the season we didn’t expect anything else. We will continue to work hard because we want to get closer to the front, but winning the battle today against a Honda and a Yamaha Open, on a track where there is a lot of tyre wear, was a great satisfaction for me and it was also very exciting”.

Translated by Federica De Zottis