LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow fears tyres could scupper his chances of a result in Sunday’s MotoGP race at Misano, warning his front may not last full distance.
Last weekend’s runner-up and Brno winner Crutchlow said he would rather have the same tyres he used in the Czech Republic, amid fears the new rubber he is using this weekend is getting far too hot.
After a crash in today’s second free practice session, he voiced concerns that the front may not be up to 28 laps of the iconic San Marino circuit and is unsure what the next move should be.
“Honestly? We’re between a rock and a hard place with it because it does one thing better and a lot of things worse,” he said.
“I crashed with it, a really stupid crash, I didn’t do anything wrong. It was at 40k per hour and it just tipped over. I thought at the time I’d hit the white line but I didn’t. You saw Marc (Marquez) crash earlier, that was nothing as well, just really strange crashes.
It’s the same old Honda thing. Our front tyre is so hot you can’t believe it. You can not, can not believe how hot our front tyre is. Will it even last the race, I don’t know.”
And with track temperatures expected to soar over the next two days, Crutchlow fears the new tyre is not going to be up to the job.
“To me they needed to bring the allocation that they brought in Brno. As I’ve always said this isn’t an easy job, it’s difficult for them to just suddenly bring tyres but we’ll have to see.
“At the moment they’re too high I can tell you that and it’s only going to get hotter over the weekend. We’re doing eight laps in a row and we’ve got 28 to do, what’s going to happen when we get to the end of the race?”