Monster Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow has some work to do with his crew at the Sachsenring MotoGP round this evening after discovering he is losing the best part of half a second in the first two corners - even though he thought he was flying.
Crutchlow says he is the slowest of the prototypes though the tight-ish rights, losing 0.4s to fastest man Dani Pedrosa in both wet and dry conditions.
"We're losing the whole lap in two corners, the first and the second. I'm losing four-tenths every lap there and I don't really know why. Otherwise we've made some improvements, definitely from last year because I was 15th or whatever. This year we are fifth and seventh and we should have been a bit quicker in the wet practice as well," said Crutchlow, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.
"I feel we can be up there in the wet or dry. The whole lap time in both was lost in the first two corners for some reason and we need to look at why. Obviously, we have some data to look at with the other guys and we will make an assessment from that. Maybe it's a bit of inexperience - last year I was shit round the whole circuit! I felt like I was the fastest round those two corners but I'm last of the MotoGP bikes."