Crutchlow says moist Thailand MotoGP race begin “very harmful” - Motor Informed

Crutchlow says moist Thailand MotoGP race begin “very harmful”

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Final Sunday’s race at Buriram needed to be delayed by nearly an hour as a result of a torrential downpour lashing the circuit.

When the race did get underway, the extent of spray was nonetheless very excessive however all bar Tech three KTM’s Remy Gardner managed to make it to the chequered flag. A number of riders have been seen in dialogue on the grid forward of the beginning concerning the situations, in addition to with FIM officers.

Crutchlow, who got here from the fifth row of the grid and completed 19th, says the situations at the beginning have been “approach over the restrict” and shouldn’t have gone forward.

“I used to be not very completely satisfied at the beginning of the race, as a result of it was harmful – very, very harmful,” Crutchlow mentioned. “Actually, me, Maverick [Vinales], [Fabio] Di Giannantonio have been simply shutting the throttle within the straight [because of the spray] however they’re simply ramming you from behind as a result of you possibly can’t see.

“The rain mild may as properly simply be a f*****g torch, you possibly can’t see something. Everybody will say ‘ah, you’re complaining, you need to race, blah, blah, blah’. You try to not see by means of your visor like that at them speeds in that water.

“It was, to me, approach over the restrict to race. However who am I to say, I don’t even race [full-time] anymore so that they’re not going to hearken to me. And, the fellows on the entrance are in a unique situation as a result of they haven’t bought 15 guys in entrance of them. They’re effective.”

Cal Crutchlow, RNF MotoGP Racing

Cal Crutchlow, RNF MotoGP Racing

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Crutchlow added: “I’ve raced a race like that earlier than, and it was Motegi some years in the past after we raced within the rain.

“And the spray was unhealthy then, however that [today] was unbelievable.”

Crutchlow’s race was badly affected by points with entrance tyre stress on his Yamaha, which he believes additionally struck championship chief Fabio Quartararo.

Yamaha mentioned after the race that it had no concepts as to what brought on Quartararo to complete out of the factors in 17th, decreasing his championship to Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia from 18 factors to simply two.

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