Crutchlow podiums at the Nurburgring Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow kept his head down and got straight to business in today's two World Superbike races at the legendary Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Despite a challenging grid start ...
Crutchlow podiums at the Nurburgring
Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow kept his head down and got straight to business in today's two World Superbike races at the legendary Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Despite a challenging grid start position of tenth Crutchlow fought through in both races, taking a well earned podium with third in race one and finishing just off it in fourth in race two, a mere four tenths of a second behind third placed rider Leon Haslam. The first race started with some drama and a red flag, a big crash by other riders forcing both Crutchlow and Toseland off the track to avoid further incident.
Crutchlow's team mate James Toseland initially started well from his relegated eighth position on the grid following yesterday's Superpole penalty where he jumped the session start by several seconds. Unfortunately following the restart in race one the British rider crashed out whilst attempting to catch the leaders. Race two saw Toseland battling for grip and also suffering from a small brake issue. Despite this he held off the advances of Ruben Xaus to hold onto eighth position at the line.
The Yamaha Sterilgarda team leaves Germany and heads towards Imola in three weeks for the penultimate round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship with Crutchlow still in fifth having closed down the gap to Carlos Checa in fourth to just seven points from the previous gap of 16. Team mate James Toseland drops a place to seventh, fifteen points behind Noriyuki Haga in sixth.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team, (3rd, 4th)
"Race one was really good, I was happy to be on the podium again, especially starting from tenth and considering we spent a lot of the weekend working through some different set up issues; it was a credible finish. I was also happy with the second race, I was disappointed not to be on the podium but I think if we had a better tyre we could have challenged for it, I did the best job I could. It was still good for the championship, we are pulling up on Checa a little bit so hopefully we can go to Imola and build on this."
James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (DNF, 8th)
"When race one restarted I got a decent get away and was coming up behind Tom Sykes and accidentally lost the front. Not being on the front row makes it really difficult here, after the first few corners it gets really spread out and it's difficult to catch up. It was very frustrating to be relegated to the second row, I don't really think the punishment matched the crime in this instance. I seemed to struggle with braking power in the start of the second race and also struggled with the rear grip from the softer rear tyre. We will regroup and go to Imola and give it 100% as always."
Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team Manager
"It's been an ok weekend for us in Germany. Cal proved that he can always stay in the top five and showed great intelligence in his racing to bring home points. James again had a difficult weekend. I think the crash in the first race compromised his results in the second. After yesterday afternoon the expectation was higher for today but we have to accept today's results; that is racing. The next race will be Imola, we go there with good motivation as we were fastest there on both of the test days in the summer."