MotoGP Austria: Crutchlow slams mishandling of dangerous conditions

Cal Crutchlow has heavily criticised MotoGP race direction for its work throughout the Austrian Grand Prix, saying it has mishandled dangerous situations

MotoGP Austria: Crutchlow slams mishandling of dangerous conditions

Crutchlow was one of a number of riders to express concerns about riding the Red Bull Ring circuit in the wet last year after a number of crashes in the first Moto2 practice session.

The LCR Honda rider was unhappy with how Friday afternoon's programme commenced after torrential rain hit the track, and Crutchlow tweeted that race direction should be "sacked" after Luca Marini crashed during Moto2 qualifying and marshals tried to clear his bike from the track at Turn 7 under double yellows.

"The rain yesterday was a joke," said Crutchlow, who qualified fifth for Sunday's Austria race.

"For our session, for Moto2, [it was] just horrendous around the most dangerous circuit there is.

"Then they sent the Red Bull Rookie [Cup riders] out, going around on five-inch tyres or whatever they are.

"Then today [Saturday] there's a bike on the track, people crashing, four marshals trying to pick a bike up with a flat tyre and this guy [race director Mike Webb] is doing nothing upstairs, absolutely nothing.

"We told him last night in the safety commission. We don't agree with his decisions at the moment, at all.

"I don't understand, they say there is no problem to put out the red flag, there is no time lost, as such, they're fine to put it out. But they never put it out.

"Maybe [he] just doesn't like the colour red, I have no idea."

Crutchlow also took issue with grid penalties being issued for blocking, citing the three-place sanction given to Franco Morbidelli for impeding Aleix Espargaro.

"They are putting penalties left, right and centre for a lot of stuff that shouldn't even be penalties," added Crutchlow.

"You can sometimes sort the stuff out by just walking around to the other guy's garage saying sorry, that's it, done, who cares.

"In the middle of practice or whatever, and he is handing out three-place grid penalties.

"But I am not the only rider, I just say it because they are probably all scared to say it. But it is the reality, everybody agrees, every rider I know completely agrees."

shares
comments
Ex-MotoGP rider de Puniet to replace injured Kallio as KTM tester
Previous article

Ex-MotoGP rider de Puniet to replace injured Kallio as KTM tester

Next article

MotoGP Austria: Ducati's Lorenzo defeats Marquez in late battle

MotoGP Austria: Ducati's Lorenzo defeats Marquez in late battle
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022