It is easy to get distracted with Marquez and Viñales battling it out on the timesheets, but it would be a mistake not to notice Cal Crutchlow. This year, the team LCR Briton is actively collaborating on development of the Honda and he is also riding it as only he knows how.
The two wins last year were not just a flash in the pan and Cal is building his season on a solid foundation.
“Today was a more productive day for the LCR Honda Team. Yesterday there were a few teething problems perhaps, but today we seemed to be able to keep a good pace throughout - he says about his tests - We are happy with the pace because it is consistent. We tried lots of different things with the bike, some of which were good and some not so much. We need to work on those areas still, but I think that the Honda in general seems to be improving, and that’s good for us.”
Not even a mention about the 3rd place?
“I didn’t even go out to set one ‘fast’ lap time today, but if we had I reckon we could have been very competitive - Crutchlow says confidently - That’s something we can do another day however, because in the meantime I’m happy enough with our consistency. The bike is generally working well and even if the feeling isn’t perfect just yet, the speed is there, so that’s positive.”