Monster Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow was forced to go out on a heavily-worn front Bridgestone after he crashed late on in MotoGP qualifying today as the remainder of his non-race allocation were on the second bike which broke down yesterday.
The Coventry man reckoned he had the pace for at least a front-row start but made a ‘stupid’ mistake, going down at the Correntaio right-hander after watching on television Yamaha stable-mate Ben Spies do the exact same thing at the same place.
"I was confident we could have been on pole. It was my own stupid mistake, stupid crash. I crashed in exactly the same place as Ben and I walked out of the garage after watching him crash. We think I pushed hard with a new front tyre that wasn’t probably up to full temperature. That left the bike that we broke down on yesterday, which I left by the barrier, had to have a new set of tyres in, so that meant we didn’t have another spare set of tyres," said Crutchlow, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.
"I had to go back out using an old front tyre, one that had done four laps over race distance and when you’ve got a brand new rear in that is sticky and soft, pushing the front is really difficult so even to go faster we were pleased with. I wasn’t risking anything and I’m glad we got the second row but I think we could have been quicker.
"We have a pace similar to third, fourth, fifth place. We’re not on Lorenzo’s pace but I don’t think anyone is. It’s disappointing that we haven’t got enough sets of tyres if something like that happens, you’re in trouble."