Silverstone MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow sure crashes won't hamper race
|By Sam Tremayne||Saturday, August 31st 2013, 17:59 GMT|
Cal Crutchlow insists his brace of heavy Saturday morning crashes will not affect him heading into his home MotoGP race at Silverstone.
The Briton crashed at 293km/h on his first flyer in third practice, and after getting medical clearance to return then ended his session in the gravel, having been bucked over the handlebars of his Tech 3 Yamaha under braking for Brooklands.
While the impacts have left him with a swollen right arm and several skin abrasions, Crutchlow says the fact he went on to secure a front-row start is proof there are no lingering mental or physical hangovers from the two incidents.
"To crash twice in one session is stupid - both my own mistakes - but tomorrow should be a good day," he said.
"It will be difficult for sure, but I'm really glad to [have] secured the front row and bounced back from the crashes quite well.
"There is no reason why we shouldn't be able to be up there and battle - it's going to be tough with the front two, but I'll give it a go."
Crutchlow, who also crashed heavily at Silverstone in his rookie 2011 campaign and again last year – when he broke his ankle, but rode from the back of the grid to secure sixth – said racing despite his injuries was nothing remarkable.
"I've got confidence in abundance," he said. "Don't get me wrong, I was annoyed and angry at myself for such stupid, stupid mistakes, but it's what we do.
"Look at what Jorge [Lorenzo] did at Assen to come back. I don't see it as anything special.
"I'll see how my physical condition is in the morning, because apart from my pride being hurt a little I have big swelling to my right arm and abrasions.
"This is just a normal Saturday at Silverstone – except I made qualifying this year."