Crutchlow: “I can’t really ask for more than that”

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 continued his form in Sepang
Cal Crutchlow continued to improve his form with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team by finishing just behind the factory Yamaha and Honda’s.

The British rider finished inside the top six on every day of the test, and turned his testing to consistency on worn tyres in the last day, eventually finishing 0.634s off lead man Dani Pedrosa.

Crutchlow said: “It has been a very positive week and I am where I expected to be and that's right behind the top four factory bikes. I can't really ask for more than that and I'm pleased with my lap times because my bike is almost identical to the bike I rode last year. Today I was doing a lot of laps on old tyres and trying to stay consistent and I've improved. I also feel like I've made good progress in improving on the brakes, so it has been a productive test and good to be back on track after the winter break. I've built up my confidence each day but it is obvious that 2013 is going to be incredibly tough. There is some amazing talent on really good machinery but I am really looking forward to it. I'll be ready to give it 100% as always and come the first race in Qatar I'll be ready to challenge.”

Crutchlow was also keen to point out what an amazing transition Bradley Smith has made by switching from a Moto2 bike to a MotoGP bike. He said: “Credit to Bradley as well because he has done a fantastic job this week. This was his first proper test in MotoGP and he has got faster and more confident each day. I have been very impressed with him and it is going to be good being his team mate this season.”

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