Austin’s MotoGP proved to be another frustrating and fruitless weekend for Britain’s Cal Crutchlow with his third non-finish from three races.
The LCR Honda rider took full responsibility, stating he was simply pushing the front of his RC213V too hard as he struggled to make up what he had lost along the straights.
“I’m just pissed off for the day. The third non-finish of the year. It’s not good enough. I was pushing too hard in an area that I shouldn’t have to be pushing,” said Crutchlow, speaking at the track.
“Our bike’s got no real speed and I have to try and make everything on the brakes. Dani and Marc found something for the speed this weekend and they don’t have to push as hard in the braking. Whatever we’re doing isn’t working.”
Although the result was less than pleasing, the race had its positives. After losing out through the tight turn one, Crutchlow, who had suffered an attack of gout on Saturday due to being unable to regulate his diet between Argentina and Austin, recovered to reel Scott Redding in.
“We’ve got the pace. Three fifth places would have put us third in the championship at the minute. I feel there were three fifth places there but I never made them happen. It’s my fault.
“We’re fast enough. There’s no doubt about that. We do need to look at setting the bike up differently because we followed a direction that we’ve had for the first three races and the last test. Ever since we’ve done that Dani and I haven’t been strong enough. Marc is but that’s Marc.”