Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 04 Feb 2015
A self-confessed ‘rusty’ Cal Crutchlow has said he is happy after the first day of MotoGP testing in Sepang.
The British rider set the tenth fastest overall time on the first of three days at the Malaysian circuit, 1.4 seconds off the fastest time set by World Champion Marc Marquez.
“Today was obviously a good familiarization day from my point of view with the team,” said Crutchlow. “We got back to working ways well. I was happy but really rusty from the winter off. The feeling of riding a motorcycle is strange because I had basically two months off, plus I had a shoulder operation and I don’t like to ride in the winter at all.
“We did a good job, we made a lot of laps on used tyres and the lap time was the same as what I did with the new tyres, so we need to improve with the new tyre and feel a little bit more comfortable on the bike.
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“Physically, this is the most demanding bike I have ridden and it moves around a lot; you have to adjust a lot and control the bike a lot more compared to others.
“I don’t take a lot from my position but I take a lot from the bike; it takes a lot of getting used to, especially around here.”
Switching to the Lucio Cechinello outfit after a tough season with Ducati, this is just the second time Crutchlow has ridden the Honda after his first spin on the bike at Valencia last November.
Crutchlow’s former teammate Andrea Dovizioso and his replacement at Ducati, Andrea Iannone, were both faster than him on the opening day in fourth and seventh positions respectively. The duo are yet to test Ducati’s radically new Desmosedici GP15 which will first appear at the second Sepang test later this month.