Cal Crutchlow and 2017 Argentina GP
LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow completed an excellent weekend in South America as he took third place in Sunday’s Argentina Grand Prix. Starting from the front row of the grid, the Briton was always fighting at the head of the field and went on to claim his first podium of the new MotoGP World Championship season as he comfortably finished as the best-placed Honda rider.
A decent start saw Crutchlow settle in second behind early pacesetter Marc Marquez. But the charging Spaniard would crash out on lap four leaving the LCR Honda man to dispute the podium places with the factory Yamahas of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. Viñales proved too strong as he pulled clear to make it two wins from two in the premier class, while Rossi eventually prevailed in the battle for second.
But Crutchlow declared himself delighted with his efforts, especially after revealing he was forced to manage his speed for much of the race after seeing a warning light on the dashboard of his RC213V in the early stages.
Cal Crutchlow – 3rd
“It was nice to take a podium place for the LCR Honda team after what happened in Qatar, I’m very happy to take a third place to be honest. I had to manage the race right from the very start as I had a warning light on the dash, but I didn’t panic and when Maverick (Viñales) came past I just decided to follow and see if I could control the situation – which I did”.
“Once Vale (Valentino Rossi) came on to me I decided to try and push again, but the light came back on so I had to slow down and try to manage the rest of the race as best I could. Vale came past me as he seemed to have a bit more grip than me, but we know the Honda bike is quite difficult to ride at the moment”.
“I think we did a good job to manage things and bring the bike home in a podium position. Qatar was a disaster for me and the team as I felt strong there and believed I could get a good result, but to get a podium in the first two races is good. I’m really pleased for the team.”