Crutchlow: Important to finish “emotional” last MotoGP race

Cal Crutchlow says it was “important to see the flag” in his emotional farewell MotoGP race, but was disappointed with the result in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Crutchlow: Important to finish “emotional” last MotoGP race
Listen to this article

The LCR Honda rider made his final appearance as a full-time MotoGP racer on Sunday at the Algarve Circuit before taking on a new role as Yamaha’s official test rider in 2021.

The three-time grand prix winner started from fourth and was fastest in the morning warm-up session before running in his qualifying position in the early staged. Crutchlow soon got involved in a battle with KTM’s Pol Espargaro, with several mistakes and a big tyre drop-off ultimately leaving him in 13th at the chequered flag.

“It is emotional to stop,” he said. “I gave my all in the race and that’s all I can ask of myself, as always. First of all, if we’re talking about the race, I’m disappointed with the result because I was in a good position, I felt like I could have held a good position.

“But I had a real big rear tyre drop, maybe with the electronics and the mapping at the start of the race I was probably using a little too less traction control. Evidently, I continued to fight and I flew off the track at 300km/h a few times into Turn 1. I never gave up, I went for it and that’s the way it goes.”

Read Also:

He added: “Problem was I couldn’t do anymore. I was trying my best, I was still going for it. I wanted to finish my last race and that was another thing. It was important to see the flag.

“I wish I hadn’t made one mistake, which was when I was behind Pol I ran off the track at Turn 1 and that was it because then I was in the clutches of six or seven guys, because I flew off the track again trying to fight back. I made my own mistake, I still believe that had I stayed behind Pol and not flew off the track I’d have been able to manage the tyre more to the end of the race.

“But it was one of those things. I’m pleased to have finished, because I started my career with a crash and I could have quite easily ended my career with a crash.”

Though emotional at leaving racing behind, Crutchlow admits he is happy it is all over and was glad to end his career fighting “some of the best guys in the world”.

“Overall, I’m happy to finish. I’m done,” he said. “It was nice to go out and have a battle in the race and fight with some of the best guys in the world.

“The guys I was battling with have won races this year, been on the podium many times.”

shares
comments

Related video

Damage from early collision ended Mir’s Portugal race
Previous article

Damage from early collision ended Mir’s Portugal race

Next article

Dovizioso “happier than some in Ducati” with MotoGP achievements

Dovizioso “happier than some in Ducati” with MotoGP achievements
Luca Marini: Why he's more than just Valentino Rossi's brother Prime

Luca Marini: Why he's more than just Valentino Rossi's brother

Surname pressure is something many have had to deal with in their motorsport careers. And while Luca Marini doesn’t have that, his familial relation and the team he rides for in MotoGP have cast a brighter spotlight on his progress. But, as he has shown in 2022 – and as he reveals to Motorsport.com – Marini is so much more than just the brother of a legend.

MotoGP
Dec 6, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2022 Prime

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2022

The 2022 MotoGP season was another hotly contested championship, with Francesco Bagnaia emerging as the title winner after the campaign went to the wire. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 best performers of the season

MotoGP
Nov 29, 2022
Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo? Prime

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo?

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo had a 91-point lead over rival Francesco Bagnaia after the German Grand Prix, a seemingly impregnable gap to overcome in the remaining 10 races. But as the Frenchman struggled for pace with his Yamaha, Bagnaia stormed back into contention and swept to Ducati's first riders' title since 2007

MotoGP
Nov 25, 2022
Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests Prime

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez.

MotoGP
Nov 23, 2022
Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems Prime

Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems

While new MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia might not be the loudest rider on the grid, his calm exterior belies a steely backbone. His part in turning around Ducati's fortunes at the start of the year, when displeased with a new engine concept, shows the strength of his character.

MotoGP
Nov 16, 2022
Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough Prime

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough

OPINION: Despite the superiority exhibited by the Ducati in 2022, the context in which Francesco Bagnaia became MotoGP world champion means that both the rider and the Italian marque merit the same recognition that the brand and Casey Stoner received after their 2007 title

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2022
Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending Prime

Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending

OPINION: MotoGP’s fifth last round showdown of the modern era delivered a tense finale despite the predictable outcome, as Francesco Bagnaia ended 15 years of pain for Ducati. But as emotions ran high for the Italian marque, a final victory for a departing Japanese rival tinged the campaign’s conclusion with sadness.

MotoGP
Nov 7, 2022
Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun Prime

Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun

Since Ducati announced the arrival of Enea Bastianini to its factory team for 2023, the staging of the four-time race winner has strained the atmosphere within the Italian manufacturer, which has raised its guard in anticipation of what may happen between him and championship favourite Francesco Bagnaia.

MotoGP
Nov 1, 2022