Cal Crutchlow: “Marquez? The World Cup is already over”
At Sachsenring Cal Crutch was the author of a splendid third position, arrived after a race passed to fight with Maverick Viñales for second place: in the end the officer Yamaha got the better of, but it was a very important result for the Briton who returned to the podium after 8 races (the last time was in Losail, Qatar, in the inaugural race of the season). However, the rider from Coventry is not entirely happy with the Honda 2019, a bike he still can’t ride 100% with: “I’m not saying that this podium was due to the circuit, we worked hard to adapt the bike to my style. However, I’m not completely comfortable yet, I don’t feel what I would like when I’m on the bike,” explained the Englishman after the German GP.
“I’m curious to see what’s going to happen at Brno but I’m mainly waiting for Monday’s tests, so let’s see if there’s anything new to try to improve the bike a bit,” he said to the Autosport microphones. “I hope we can take a few steps forward in view of the second half of the season, the one in which I’m generally stronger.
Cal lacks, in short, the feeling that allowed Marc Marquez to dominate this beginning of the Championship: the Spanish driver has won 5 of the 9 races so far, and if we exclude the mistake of Austin – Grand Prix in which he had the victory in his hands – he has never done worse than 2nd place. It was an impressive road map, thanks to which the HRC standard bearer was at the top of the championship standings with a 58 point advantage over the direct pursuer Dovizioso: “The World Championship? It ended four races ago, at the Italian Grand Prix”, Cal cut short, asked about the progress of the season. “Last year at Mugello Marc struggled a lot, this time he played it off with the two Ducatis”.
“He’s riding very well, in my opinion even better than last year: our bike has some gaps, but he can fill them and still be fast” Crutchlow continued. “At Sachsenring he pushed hard in the first 10 laps, then he managed the situation”. Will he be able to beat the Ducatis also at the Red Bull Ring, a circuit traditionally favourable to the Desmosedici? According to the Englishman, Marquez won’t need to dare: “I don’t know if he will make it to Zeltweg, but by now he can simply afford to manage the advantage and take home important points”.