A brave tyre choice and a
determined ride in treacherous damp conditions took independent-team Honda
rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda RC213V) to a historic first MotoGP race win at at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic on
August 21, 2016.
It had been raining heavily
when Moto2 race was in progress at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic.
When the rain stopped and the MotoGP machines headed out, no one could imagine
that Cal Crutchlow would win the race. He made his way through the field in one
of the most spectacular victories in recent years, taking the flag to become
the first British winner for 35 years. It was the first premier-class Grand
Prix victory by a British rider since Barry Sheene in 1981.
He also follows Jack Miller
(Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) into the history books as a winner with an
independent team in 2016, with wet weather opening the door for many on the
“It’s been six years since I
won a race, so it’s been a long time coming, though we’ve been close in the
past. We should’ve done it a few times before; I really believe that. I was
really emotional on the slowdown lap – it’s a super feeling! It was such a long
race and tire choice was crucial… Yesterday I destroyed a bike, and I had to
apologize to Honda and the team. They were working until midnight last night,
so this win is a thank you to them. I hope there are some more to come,” said
Crutchlow after the race.
By half-distance Crutchlow was
the fastest rider on the track and had cut through to fifth. It was a short
step from there to seize the lead with seven laps to go, the Briton riding as
aggressively as ever to achieve a hugely popular win at the end of his 98th
MotoGP race. At the finish the 30-year-old former World Supersport champion was
more than seven seconds ahead of Rossi, with Marquez just over two seconds
behind the Italian.
Crutchlow, with a tyre
combination of a hard front and hard rear came suddenly alive as he charged
from P15 to come right in front in what can be termed as a stunning display of
motorcycle riding. Ducati’s Dovizioso suffered a tyre problem that saw him pull
in, as Crutchlow fought to take over at the front.
Ace racers Valentino Rossi
(Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) completed the
podium in a chaotic race, with the 9-time champion making a small gain on title
rival Marquez as the two crossed the line in P2 and P3 respectively. Marquez
managed a podium finish despite a bad start which saw Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar
Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) overtake him.
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