Crutchlow Dominates in sensational Valencia debut Cal Crutchlow left no questions unanswered today in the Spanish sunshine. The British rider looked confident from the start and was rarely out of the lead as he powered his R6 to victory. A brief...
Crutchlow Dominates in sensational Valencia debut
Cal Crutchlow left no questions unanswered today in the Spanish sunshine. The British rider looked confident from the start and was rarely out of the lead as he powered his R6 to victory. A brief rain shower before the start of the Supersport race meant the first couple of laps got underway slowly with cautious riders looking to avoid a spill. Cal picked up the pace quickly however, fighting with Lascorz and Pirro for the top spot before taking the lead on lap five. He held on until lap 12 when Honda rider Anthony West overtook. Crutchlow then tucked up behind before re-taking the lead in a stunning pass on the first corner of the last lap and taking the chequered flag for his first World Supersport Championship race win.
Crutchlow's team-mate Foret had a difficult start in the slippery conditions, initially dropping down to 20th position. The Frenchman found his race pace six laps in and steadily worked his way back up to tenth position, taking ten places along the way but too late to climb any higher.
Crutchlow leaves Valencia leading the World Supersport Championship with 54 points, team-mate Foret is currently 12th with 15 points.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team, (1st)
"I knew where we were strongest into turn one and out on the back straights, however West was really strong in the places where we were a bit weaker. We've been chasing a perfect set-up all weekend and luckily we found it for the race. It was dodgy conditions for the start but we got through it and got on the pace. The team have put in such a lot of effort since the last race. To come here and win is really good for me and really good for Yamaha."
Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team, (12th)
"For me it was a very frustrating race, the slippery conditions made it hard to get a good start and by the time I'd found a good rhythm and pace I was back down the field. I worked hard though and found a good pace and stuck to it and was happy to make up some of those places and get back up to tenth for the end. I'm looking forward to getting to Assen and fighting for a podium."
Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager
"It's great to be back on top of the podium as it's been a while! We've been working really hard to get back here so the team deserve it. We are leading the championship with Cal, he worked really hard all weekend and followed a superb pole position and lap record with a fantastic win. So one side of the box is really happy as you can imagine. For Fabien it's a little disappointing, the rain just before the race meant he couldn't get onto the pace straight away. Six or seven laps in he was as fast as the leading group but it was too late. For Cal it was an amazing job, taking over Anthony on the last lap was fantastic. I'm very happy!"