MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

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MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow says that 2016 season was not his best year despite claiming two wins in the class. He is the first Briton to win a premier class race since legend Barry Sheene in 1981.

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

Crutchlow won his first race at Brno in the Czech Grand Prix and again he triumphed in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in October. He also stole the pole position for his home race at Silverstone and claimed second place in the race. The next podium finish was at the Sachsenring, Germany.

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

However, Crutchlow does not believe this season was his best. He told Autosport, "It was a good season of course, but I honestly don't think my best season as such."

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

"I think I'm happy enough with the way it went but I believe I had better years with Tech3. I missed the opportunities then to win but I'm glad I got them this year. I believe I could've won on the Tech3 but I never took the opportunities, or something happened on the day that wasn't on my side."

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

In his first MotoGP season, the Briton finished in 12th in the championship. During his stint at Tech3 Yamaha, he achieved six podiums and two pole positions and finished fifth in the championship in 2013.

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

After that, he joined Ducati for a single year and ended that year in 13th place in the championship standings.

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

He added, "I have to say my Ducati year was good. I took a podium, I wasn't riding the best package at all and I was riding well, especially the second part of the year.

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

"I've had some great moments in my MotoGP career and I've enjoyed riding every single one of them. 2015 was more difficult because the Honda package was difficult to understand. This year we started way off the pace but I understood the package more. Then, I was able to be more competitive."

MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow: “I had better years with Tech3”

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Story first published: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 15:30 [IST]
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