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Cal Crutchlow’s race in Sunday’s Indianapolis‬ Grand Prix was almost over by as early as the second corner, as the British rider was forced wide in turn two and dropped from his grid position of fourth down into eleventh place.

The CWM LCR Honda rider then made an excellent recovery through the field as he picked up positions lap by lap, making it up to seventh at one point as he powered his factory spec Honda up the order.

Embroiled in a battle with Spain’s Pol Espargaro, Crutchlow swapped positions a number of times with his rival, eventually just losing out a lap from the end as he brought his bike home in eighth place.

Cal Crutchlow #35 – 8th

“I’m disappointed with today’s race result. The race itself wasn’t too bad, I just had a very bad start. I lost so many places at the second corner, because when I grabbed the brake lever there wasn’t enough heat in the brakes to stop. It didn’t bite, so I ran wide and it lost me seven places or so.”

“This track is really difficult to regain time and regain positions, but of course I did my best to recover. More than anything we needed to finish the race, and we achieved that but the setting wasn’t perfect for me today. We go to Brno now and we have to regroup and hope for a better race there.”

Credit: CWM-LCR Honda MotoGP Team

Credit: CWM-LCR Honda MotoGP Team

Credit: CWM-LCR Honda MotoGP Team

Credit: CWM-LCR Honda MotoGP Team

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Steve Parrish
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Steve Parrish was born near Cambridge on 24 February 1953 and now lives on the Isle of Man. He is a former motorcycle and truck racer who now commentates on motorsport for various British media channels. Away from television, Steve regularly tests vehicles and writes for racing magazines. He is also an expert witness for motor racing incidents helping establish the facts for those involved. Parrish holds the Guinness Book of Records world record for the “Fastest Speed Achieved in Reverse” (105mph) using a Caterham car. He also co-authored the story of Motocycling legend Barry Sheene with Nick Harris. A renowed practical joker and his stories are legendary. He is still banned from Macau after blowing up a brothel and once posed as a medical doctor to allow John Hopkins to fly from Japan to the Australian GP.