Britain’s Cal Crutchlow added two more crashes to his controversial spill involving Jorge Lorenzo at the Motegi MotoGP, going down at both ends of today’s race in Japan.
The LCR Honda man, whose wet weather form has evaporated this season, went down on lap five, pitted for the spare bike and then crashed again - attributing both spills to standing water on the track.
“Obviously, it’s a disappointing end to the Japanese Grand Prix. I was fighting at the start of the race, but I was really far back in the pack and there was so much spray from the other bikes I think all the riders found it very difficult to see,” said Crutchlow.
“Then unfortunately I crossed the river at turn seven, there was some rear brake pressure and I high-sided the bike off throttle. But I remounted and took the spare bike and then had a very strange crash as I was not pushing hard and was about to enter the pit in one more lap because I was not going to score any points.
“We hit the stream of water in the back straight, but it was a really mysterious crash the second one. Now we have to take the positives to Phillip Island, which are that I won there last year, but there have been no real positives from the Japanese Grand Prix apart from visiting Japan itself.”
Yesterday after a particularly difficult qualifying, Crutchlow said he was pissed off with not being able to ride the RC213V in the rain even though Marc Marquez has been masterful in wet this season.
“We’re struggling at the moment to ride this bike with this engine in the rain. But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong, everyone else can do it,” he said.
“Sachsenring, Assen, Aragon… every time I rode in the rain this year it hasn’t worked. Pissed off. I just can’t ride it in the rain. 15th is the best we can do.”