Having suffered a lack of straight-line speed at the previous race in Aragón, Cal Crutchlow admits that he and Monster Yamaha Tech3 went too far in the other direction at Sepang.
Crutchlow finished the Malaysian Grand Prix in sixth position, eventually losing out to GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista. This marked the fifth consecutive race in which Crutchlow has finished outside of the top five.
“We know our bike is down on acceleration,” the Coventry-born rider explained to motogp.com during a video interview. “We shouldn’t have even been in that battle – we should have been a long way ahead of there. We had some problems throughout the race with (a lack of) rear grip, which is the reason we were there.
“In all honesty, we had too much power. In Aragón we had no speed and I told them to give me a lot of power, but then it was just spinning. We had way too much torque, power in between the corners, and it heated up the rear tyre too much.
“That is not the Yamaha style. For sure, on the straights our bike was a lot better than in Aragón, but from corner to corner it was not very good; but that was in these temperatures, in which we needed to calm the bike down a lot. Had it had been cooler, I think we would have been okay.”
In the Riders’ Championship, Crutchlow remains fifth but Bautista has closed to within 30 points with a trio of races remaining in the 2013 season.