Cal Crutchlow will miss the MotoGP a lot, not only on the track, but also because of his way of doing things and his irony. Listening to the Brit is always entertaining, thanks to his sense of humor and his stories Even after qualifying in Portimao, he was ready with a few anecdotes.
“Will I sleep well tonight? I think so. It won’t be a night like the one after last Sunday’s race in Valencia, otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to be on the grid. Do you want to hear a story?”
After the GP, Cal, Miller, Sam Lowes, and Dakota Mamola thought of celebrating a bit and have a few drinks.
“The funniest thing was that around five in the morning, we went to Mir’s motorhome and saw that the door was slightly open. So, we went in to wake him up, but he had already gone home. We then looked for the cup to take a picture of it, but he had taken it with him.”
The “sting” didn’t go well, but Cal has another good anecdote, like the one about his last qualifying, where he finished with a 4th place. Also thanks to Miller.
“You know we’re friends, except for when he crashed into me at Silverstone in 2015,” Crutchlow said jokingly. “We didn’t plan it, but it happened. He has a lot of respect for me and, then, I’m old. It’s not that easy for me. The funny thing was that he knows how much I struggle in the exit lap, and he started pushing like crazy to catch Morbidelli or someone else. Luckily, I managed not to lose him.”
Then things went well.
“Too bad for a mistake in the last part of the track. I could have fought for the front row, maybe even the pole,” he continued. “But it’s nice to know that I’m still the fourth fastest rider in the world, at least in qualifying. As the days go by, this weekend gets more and more exciting, but that’s normal. It was nice to see Lucio, Beefy, and all the guys happy in the garage. Especially after passing the Q1 in first place,” he said smiling.
Tomorrow will be his last race, at least as a full-time rider.
“I don’t really know what to expect,” he said. “I just know that it’ll be better if I’m not in the group, behind another rider, because we’re doing some particular trajectories with the Honda.”