MotoGP Austria: Crutchlow helpless after Espargaro’s bike stopped

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LCR Honda MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow was a helpless victim after Pol Espargaro’s bike stopped in the early stages of the race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Starting from the back of the third row, Crutchlow lost three places on the opening lap, and going into turn three on the second lap, the Brit got caught up in a moment which left him totally helpless.

Espargaro’s RC-16 died in the middle of the corner, needing to take evasive action, Crutchlow ended up hitting Tito Rabat and ending up on the floor.

“Obviously today we were really disappointed with what we can’t even call a result,” said the 33-year-old.

“I only managed just over a lap of the race, I was unfortunate to be caught up in an incident when Pol Espargaro’s bike stopped and the rider in front of me hit the back of Pol and evidently I hit the back of Rabat.

“It was really slow speed when I hit him, his bike hit my handlebar and just took me down.”

Crutchlow said it was disappointing to crash out of the race on just the second lap, with the Brit confident he could’ve achieved a good result.

“I was feeling quite positive for the race and felt we could have got a good result here,” he said.

“So it’s a disappointing way to end and not get information from a valuable race that I thought we could learn good lessons from. But that’s the way racing goes sometimes and we now have to look forward to my home Grand Prix at Silverstone.”