MotoGP hard man Cal Crutchlow bounced back from a terrifying 140 mph crash to qualify third fastest for his home Grand Prix set for Sunday at Silverstone.
Crutchlow secured his place as rookie sensation Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) scored his fifth pole position of the season.
For the third year in a row, Crutchlow courted disaster in Saturday morning’s free practice session at the British Grand Prix before making a brave comeback for qualifying.
On his second flying lap in practice, Crutchlow crashed at over 130 mph at Maggot’s Corner, suffering abrasions on his arm and destroying one of his Tech3 Yamaha M1s.
At the end of the session, Crutchlow went out and crashed again on his spare M1 at Brooklands, ending a miserable session.
It was a repeat of the crashes he suffered during Saturday practice at Silverstone in 2011 and 2012, despite Crutchlow’s claim on Thursday that intended to break the habit.
“It was a normal Saturday for me at Silverstone,” Crutchlow joked after recovering to qualify third in the 15-minute shootout on Saturday afternoon.
“I’ve got some massive abrasions on my arm and could barely put my leathers on because of the swelling.
“The crash was my own fault, on a cold front tire, and my team did a fantastic job to rebuild one bike in time for qualifying.
“In the circumstances, I’m pleased to be on the front row for my home race.”
Crutchlow finished a heroic sixth riding with a fractured ankle in last year’s race, and again seems primed for another remarkable race day comeback.
Crutchlow is aiming to become the first British rider to win a premier class Grand Prix since Barry Sheene in 1981.
Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo qualified second fastest, just 0.12 seconds slower than Marquez, as he bids for a win over his young Honda rival Marquez to keep his title hopes alive.
“I tried my best, but it was not possible to do anything against Marc today, but the race is long and I am in a good position on the front to try for the win,” Lorenzo said.British Grand Prix, Cal Crutchlow, Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Silverstone Circuit