Crutchlow defies the rain to set the pace in free practice The notorious Nurburgring weather did little to dampen Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow's spirits in free practice today, he was rarely outside the number one spot and...
Crutchlow defies the rain to set the pace in free practice
The notorious Nurburgring weather did little to dampen Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow's spirits in free practice today, he was rarely outside the number one spot and finished the session on top, a second faster than the fastest superbike time from the earlier session. Crutchlow was one of only two riders to drop below the 1.15 mark, ending the session on a 2'13.170.
Team-mate Fabien Foret was taking it carefully in the wet, concentrating on his set up the French rider stayed out lapping until he ran out of petrol seconds before the end of the session. Foret was happy to have found a set up that worked well in the wet in advance of tomorrow's qualifying session.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team (1st, 2'13.170)
"Not a bad day to start with, the weather's been horrible! It's good to be up there again and keep the pressure on everybody else. Keenan is going to be fast here this weekend because he raced in the German Championship before so he knows the track. I'm looking forward to a good battle, we'll continue tomorrow, hopefully it'll be a bit drier and we'll do our best."
Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (23rd, 2'20.691)
"it was good to feel a bit where the critical points are on the track in case we have the same weather tomorrow. Obviously I didn't push today, I wanted to be safe and ready for tomorrow. Qualifying is another story, that's where I'll try to push harder. I hope we have dry conditions for the race as it'll be better for me, but for today I just wanted to spend some time on the track and get a feel for it again."
Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager
"Very British weather today! Cal loves it and he's fast again so no problems there. Fabien always struggles a bit with his riding style in the wet but he went out and stayed out until his fuel was empty. For tomorrow it will probably be a bit wet again but everything is under control here so we're happy today."