Crutchlow fights to fourth and shows he can stay with Lorenzo

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Crutchlow once again showed his class at the first-ever MotoGP race in Austin, Texas.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow finished fourth after a battle with Stefan Bradl whichg saw him run off the track on lap four.

Cal proved his class as he fought his way back from sixth t re-pass Bradl following his off-track excursion to claim his best finish so far in 2013.

Crutchlow maintained his fast pace and was easily able to streak away from Bradl and Bautista to finish behind factory trio Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, which was a fantastic achievement considering they had all tested at COTA last month.

Crutchlow said: “I’m very pleased and we did a better job than any of us expected before we arrived in Texas. With no testing here I was worried that it would be more of a struggle and the fire in the garage on Wednesday meant we couldn’t do any of our normal preparation work. So to finish fourth and be behind Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo is a great achievement for all of us and I want to say a massive thanks to my crew. We qualified well and I rode very well in the race and the most pleasing aspect was my consistency. Unfortunately I ran wide while trying to pass Bradl but I managed to fight my way back through and I was running the same speed as Lorenzo for a long time and that gives me a lot of confidence to take into the next few races. I’m giving it my all and I’ll never give up and I think this weekend again we showed how competitive the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 package is. Now we go to Jerez and I was quickest at the winter test a few weeks ago, so it is going to be another big battle that I’m excited about.”

The race was won by Marc Marquez who humbled his Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa into second to take the first win of his MotoGP career in only his second race on the Repsol Honda RC213V.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was third.

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