Monster Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow has played down speculation that he and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso are not getting on, saying there is no tension between them.
Speaking on the eve of the Sachsenring MotoGP round, Crutchlow said he thought the Italian was expected to beat him by a large margin every weekend, given his experience as a factory Repsol Honda rider. The pair did have a small war of words earlier in the year when Dovizioso said he thought the British racer still rode his YZR-M1 like a Superbike.
"There's no tension between us. People think there is but he would come to my motorhome and I would go to his. The way that I look at it is he has been in a factory team for three years. He is expected to beat my by 20 seconds, maybe, and in all honesty we are very close," said Crutchlow, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.
"I am happy to see him on the podium because I am happy for the team to be on the podium. Obviously, I am disappointed not to be there but at the end of the day, I don't have any problem with Andrea. There is no tension problem. He is a fantastic rider and you can't take away from him what he has done in his career."