MotoGP, Crutchlow still motivated to do well despite meagre season so far

“I'm still fast, but I can't get the feeling with the Honda. It's never really happened to me that bad, in such a long space of time.”

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Seven points in five races is Cal Crutchlow's meagre tally before Misano. The injury to his scaphoid, for which he underwent surgery before the second race in Jerez, has certainly influenced the results, but the 2020 Honda has also played its part. As if that weren't enough, the Brit has already been left without a ride by HRC for next year and there aren't many opportunities for him to stay in MotoGP. If we exclude the possibility of going to Aprilia, but first we need to understand what will happen to Iannone and then, eventually beat off the competition from Dovizioso.

In other words, this 2020 is nowhere near fulfilling the expectations for Cal. This does not mean that he wants to throw in the towel...

"If I didn't love it and want to do it, I wouldn't still be here," he said in an interview with crash.net. "I wouldn't want to ride a bike next year. And I do.”

But if you want it, it doesn’t always mean you can do it...

"I can guarantee you I'm still fast,” declared Crutchlow. “This is not about where I can finish because at the moment, I can't get the feeling with the bike. And it's never really happened to me that bad, in such a long space of time.”

The new RC213V still appears to be a bit of a mysterious object…

"Every single time I get on the bike I think we can do a good session,” he underlined. “So, my motivation is high. My positivity is always good. After the session when you've had not the greatest result you become disappointed, but disappointment is also a good sign you still want to do well.”

The LCR pilot doesn't want to throw in the towel, but he also knows that patience is sometimes the best ally…

"I will still push the boundaries as much as possible,” he explained. “But one thing I've found that's also clear this year is I don’t want to keep crashing because I'm overriding the package underneath me. Because it wastes my time in the session, it wastes the team's time to be able to get me on track to do laps. It's information we need.”

To improve. But by how much?

"I'm missing four tenths a lap. In motorcycle terms it's a big amount. In Austria it's one tenth per sector, but I could lose two tenths in one corner. We just need to understand and keep working hard. I'm determined and motivated to keep doing that."

 

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