It was a disappointing night for Cal Crutchlow as the LCR Honda pilot crashed out on lap seven of the season opener at Qatar.
Crutchlow had struggled with his Honda all weekend, which now features a reverse crank in an effort to help it turn, and was unable to find a decent base setting which allowed him to ride through the bike’s electronics problems.
Speaking after the race he said: “I’m extremely disappointed, but that’s an understatement to be honest. We had some electronic problems during the weekend and again in the race. The bike didn’t have a clue where we were on the circuit. It seemed to be reading the wrong sectors, so in the last sector it thought I was in the first sector and so on. This was why I crashed”.
“I’m disappointed for my team because we all worked hard all weekend and I felt we could have got in among the front five that got away, but I just couldn’t accelerate onto the straight. I don’t know why it was, but we will investigate later and hope to be back fast in Argentina.”