Crutchlow has his eyes on the big prize in Portugal British rider Cal Crutchlow heads to Portimao this weekend with the championship title firmly in his sights. He leads championship rival Eugene Laverty by 19 points going into the final round.
Crutchlow has his eyes on the big prize in Portugal
British rider Cal Crutchlow heads to Portimao this weekend with the championship title firmly in his sights. He leads championship rival Eugene Laverty by 19 points going into the final round. Crutchlow has enjoyed an astonishing first year in World Supersport, taking to his credit five race wins, ten pole position starts, ten podiums in total and claiming nine fastest lap records on his R6.
Team mate Fabien Foret goes into the final round sitting in sixth position in the championship on 115 points, just two points behind Anthony West in fifth. He will be looking to move up to fifth on race day and do everything he can to help his team mate win the title.
Both Crutchlow and team mate Fabien Foret spent two days testing at the Portuguese circuit last week, although conditions were not ideal it gave the riders an opportunity to re-acquaint themselves with the track in advance of this Sunday's championship finale.
"It's going to be a tough weekend," said Cal Crutchlow. "There are plenty of things to concentrate on but I'm looking forward to it, it's not over until it's over! I need to concentrate on the job in hand, not to win the race but to win the title. We've worked hard for it all year, so we need to go there and make it happen."
"I've got back to good form over the last few rounds," said Fabien Foret, "and am back fighting for the front where I expect to be. I hope Portimao will be the same and I can finish well, hopefully in second spot and it will help me to find a good ride for next year!"
Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager
"We had a test at Portimao last week, so both riders are now ready for the race having had some valuable track time. It will be a very exciting round for us, we are ready to rock and roll for the last one and we're looking forward to a good result. We don't want to think too much about it but we are really trying to get the championship. It's not over yet though; we've been there before, we were 17 points ahead in 2006 and didn't win, anything can happen. Cal knows what he needs to do in the race so we're going to give him all the support he need as and we believe we can take the title on Sunday."