Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 11 Nov 2015
Cal Crutchlow has voiced concern about the number of crashes riders have had while testing the new Michelin tyres for the 2016 MotoGP season.
The British rider went down twice during this week’s two-day test in Valencia but wasn’t alone in the kitty litter. On day one 12 different riders suffered 14 crashes, with a similar figure again on the second day of testing on Tuesday with all crashes the result of losing the front end.
Riders have praised the grip levels of Michelin’s rear tyre, but have criticised the front in comparison to Bridgestone’s super-sticky option.
Crutchlow’s second crash of the test came as the front washed away as he lifted the rear under braking.
“I’m not too impressed to have crashed and I’m not too impressed there’s been 30 odd crashes in two days either,” said Crutchlow. “We can’t carry on like this.”
“I’m really pleased with the way Michelin have come here and are trying to understand the bikes, the riders, the different personalities, the set-ups and that but you can’t have 25 different guys, on 25 different motorcycles, 25 different weights, 25 different riding styles and every one of them has crashed at some point with the Michelin. I don’t think there’s one person that hasn’t yet over the Sepang test, Mugello test, Misano test, Aragon test and here.
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“That’s not against Michelin, I’m not hammering Michelin but we need to figure it out because that’s not a problem of the riders. If you had one guy crashing every time you could say it might be just him but that’s not the case at all in any way shape or form. We’ve all adjusted our settings now, we’ve done four days on these tyres and some guys have done a lot more and we’ve adjusted left, right, up, down and sometimes it makes a little different and you’re able to manage a bit more and sometimes not.”