News 16 Nov 2017

Crutchlow playing important role in Honda's 2018 development

British ace tests 2018 Honda prototype at Valencia.

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LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow spent the second day of Valencia’s official MotoGP test aboard the new 2018 Honda prototype, along with Repsol Honda duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Crutchlow tested the latest version of the Japanese manufacturer’s RC213V, completing 70 laps – most of which were aboard the 2018 prototype – after getting accustomed to the new machine on Tuesday’s opening day.

The British ace, who’s playing an important role in Honda’s 2018 development, says he’s satisfied with the the progress made on day two, stating he believes he’s done a good job for the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC).

“We’re happy with what we’ve worked on today,” said Crutchlow. “Yesterday was a bit more of an initial test with the bike and I struggled a little in a few areas with it, but that was just because it was different to what I used to.

“I was quite fast on my normal bike yesterday and today I was quicker on the newer one so we’re pleased with that and pleased with the way we worked. We did a lot of laps today and a lot of runs, I did two runs on my old bike and the rest on the new prototype bike, so we’ve worked hard and I believe we’ve done a good job for HRC.

“We’re happy as a team, I think we had a good last race of the year and now we have to look at the positives of working on the new bike and going into next year comfortable and happy.”

Crutchlow was sixth fastest on day two in Spain, while the session was topped by recently-crowned world champion Marquez.