Cal Crutchlow declares fourth in Qatar a great starting point for second MotoGP season

Cal Crutchlow declared himself content with fourth in the Qatar Grand Prix, even though he had fallen back from his front row starting position

Cal Crutchlow declares fourth in Qatar a great starting point for second MotoGP season

The Briton had qualified a MotoGP career-best third, but lost a lot of places off the line and then spent most of the race battling with Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso before passing the Italian for fourth.

"I think we've made a big improvement over the winter and coming into this season," Crutchlow told the official MotoGP website. "If someone would've said you're going to have a front row and a fourth position at the first race, I would've taken it. We'll work from here and see where we can go."

Although Crutchlow did not overtake Dovizioso until lap 17, he said he could have done so sooner if he felt it was worthwhile, but he could see leaders Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa were already out of reach.

"I should've got past Andrea a little bit earlier, but once the gap was there to the front guys, it was pointless going past early because you never would've caught them and probably would've wrecked the tyres," said Crutchlow.

He conceded that there was an unusual reason for his bad start.

"I couldn't touch the floor, because we'd moved the tank spacer back, and with my midget legs... my throttle was on 100 per cent so I completely fluffed the start," said Crutchlow. "My own fault."

shares
comments
'I cannot ride this Ducati' declares Valentino Rossi after Qatar MotoGP struggle

Previous article

'I cannot ride this Ducati' declares Valentino Rossi after Qatar MotoGP struggle

Next article

Lorenzo win proves it will be close in 2012

Lorenzo win proves it will be close in 2012
Load comments
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021