Crutchlow Calls For Greater Engine Performance

British rider rides his Tech 3. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow was left downcast following Sunday’s Aragón Grand Prix, having finished sixth from seventh on the grid at the end of a frustrating weekend.

After the 23-lap encounter which was staged over a total of almost 117 kilometers, Crutchlow stressed that both he and teammate Bradley Smith were losing much ground at MotorLand Aragón, particularly down the kilometer-long back straight.

“A useless race for me,” the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider told .com. “We should have been way ahead of where we were, but we were let down by the engine. We had no speed on the bike for no apparent reason. We had a brand-new engine this (Sunday) morning, but all weekend we have been struggling and losing 10, 12, 13 kilometers an hour average to the Hondas and six or seven to the other Yamahas. We tried our best and it never worked. I believe, if we could have had some better engine performance we would have had a better result, but I tried my best.”

Next up on the calendar will be Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, which contains two long straights running parallel to each other and joined by a hairpin bend. When asked if he is looking forward to Round 15, Crutchlow responded: “Not really. Not if we can’t find some speed with the engine.”

With four races still to run in the 2013 MotoGP season, Englishman Crutchlow – who has claimed four rostrum finishes this year but has now finished outside the top five in four consecutive races – is placed fifth in the Riders’ Championship.

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