Monster Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow has plenty of work to do overnight at the Motegi MotoGP round after struggling with setup through both free practices to and finds himself down in ninth place and nearly a second off the pace.
The Isle of Man resident says he will concentrate on using the hard tyre as that looks like the preferred race option but has some way to go before he catches team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on the timesheet.
“"Today wasn't the start I was hoping for at all because we worked very hard to improve the bike but I was unable to find a comfortable setting. I am way down on the timesheets and a long way behind Andrea and we are both on the same bike and the same tyres, so it is clear that we have a lot of work to do to improve tomorrow," said Crutchlow.
"Nothing we tried seemed to work and give me the feeling I wanted and I certainly need to improve and be faster with the hard tyre because that might be the tyre I need to race with. There isn't one particular place where I am struggling. We have quite a few issues but I will sit down with my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew tonight and see if we can come up with a solution to help me be more competitive tomorrow.”