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MotoGP Brno: 'I pushed a little too much' - Crutchlow

Britain's Cal Crutchlow put his hands up after today's Brno MotoGP round and admitted he pushed too hard in an effort to catch the top three men but added he has lost some front-end feel with the new tank and seat arrangement added to his satellite YZR-M1.

The Monster Yamaha man has been wary of the new system all weekend and although it definitely has helped him keep up in the early laps, he reckons he doesn't have as much feel from the front tyre as he did previously.

"I lost the front but I was pushing. I've got nothing to lose and I needed to catch the guys as the front and I just pushed a little bit too much. I managed to get back on and my pace even with a bent handlebar and no grip on the bike wasn't so bad," said Crutchlow, speaking at Brno.


"I was confident in the first few laps and it wasn't too bad. The Hondas started to go away because the pace they were doing was faster than Lorenzo. It wasn't that they were a lot faster than me, they just closed Lorenzo down.

"Maybe we have gained something but I have lost some front-end feeling. What I was pleased with this weekend was we had good pace at the end of the race, even though the bike was badly damaged, I was still able to stay consistent in the low 1'57s. We will see at Silverstone whether we will go back."

Off the start, Crutchlow took the lead but as soon as he shifted to second, the bike seemed to falter fractionally and that was all it took for Lorenzo and the two Hondas to come past.

"I lost a little time to the Hondas in the first laps, and Lorenzo as well, but I was confident we could come back to them a little bit. I was a little concerned in a few areas of the track so cautious. As soon I thought I would start to push, Alvaro came past and lost us over a second in one lap again," he continued.

"As soon as he comes past, he slows the pace down for some reason. But then I got back past him and did a couple of fast laps and we were closing on the guys in front, pulling away from Alvaro and Valentino.

"It's one of those things. I am pissed off for sure. We set a good pole position and the pace was strong. Clearly, me and Valentino are missing something compared to Jorge. I can't put my finger on what but we need to find something.

"Even in the first two or three laps, we were there, which is encouraging. The Hondas took a little time to get moving and once they did, they were fast and it shows how strong and competitive their package is. Jorge is riding out of his skin, no doubt and he is losing through machinery, not through him.

"We didn't have the pace all weekend, not like that to do 1'56.1 and 1'56.2. We had the pace to be there but not the pace to challenge. I would have been, probably, five seconds back at the end of the race. My pace was probably fourth today.

"We had a small issue with the bike on the grid, so I was concerned with that on the warm-up lap and at the start of the race. It was something to do with the brakes, luckily I noticed it or else I would have had no brakes. I was concerned for the three guys in front of me, I can tell you that."

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