Sport Crutchlow thinks Lorenzo should accept more blame for FP1 collision

13:53  13 october  2017
13:53  13 october  2017 Source:   readsport.co

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Cal Crutchlow apologised to Jorge Lorenzo following their collision in Motegi, but the Englishman did not feel he was solely to blame . Lorenzo was relieved to avoid doing damage and accepted the Englishman's apology, but felt the incident should not have occurred.

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Cal Crutchlow believes Jorge Lorenzo should accept more blame than him for the pair’s collision in first MotoGP practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

With five minutes left on the clock in the opening session at a soaked Motegi, Crutchlow was on a flying lap when he came across a touring Lorenzo into the Vcorner at Turn 9.

The British rider lost the rear end of his LCR Honda has he braked and slammed into the side of Lorenzo.

While sorry for the incident, Crutchlow – who ended Friday’s running ninth overall – felt he was forced to brake more because Lorenzo was riding too slow, and this resulted in the spectacular smash.

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"I think he could understand it was the best line for not making any stupid thing in the first free practice. "He braked so aggressively, too much , and he lost control of the bike. Lorenzo and Crutchlow fight for pole position at Brno - Extra Round - Duration: 1:12.

Cal Crutchlow apologised to Jorge Lorenzo following their collision in Motegi, but the Englishman did not feel he was solely to blame . Lorenzo was relieved to avoid doing damage and accepted the Englishman's apology, but felt the incident should not have occurred.

“I’m sorry for him because I hit him, and it looks like I’m completely the villain,”

“But he was going really slow on the racing line.

“I was going really fast, and if you look at the rider ahead of him (Tech3’sKohtaNozane), he brakes later than me.

“But I had to brake harder because I was going to hit Jorge.

“I locked the front on the water. He knew I was coming, and he was six seconds slower than his previous lap.

“I crashed into him, so it doesn’t look good for me. We’re not going to agree on the situation, for sure.

“I didn’t want to take him out, and it was a big crash. I think it was 50/50, more 60/40 in his favour.”

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Lorenzo took a trip to the medical centre to have his hand looked at, which he thought he may have broken after experiencing extreme pain shortly after the incident.

Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1

  Marquez dominates wet Motegi FP1 Championship leader Marc Marquez dominated a soaking first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix from Motegi, with Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro his nearest challenger in second. Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera was the early pacesetter in the sodden first session with a 2m00.685s, though this was soon eclipsed by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales with a 1m59.344s. Typically finding the going tough in wet conditions on the YZR–M1, Vinales – who is third in the standings and 28 points off of the lead – lowered his benchmark to a 1m58.303s with 30 minutes left on the clock. Marquez demoted his fellow Spaniard almost immediately, however, with a 1m58.303s and improved to a 1m56.349s to go almost two seconds clear at just over half distance. Nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso – who comes into this round 16 points back – was able to briefly cut down the Honda rider’s advantage to 0.391 seconds as he jumped up to second, though was soon shuffled back to fifth while Marquez improved to a 1m55.418s. As the field pushed on in the final few minutes, several riders were caught out by the conditions. Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone slid off his GSX–RR at Turn 8, while Cal Crutchlow lost control of his LCR Honda under braking for Turn 9 and collided with Jorge Lorenzo – both walked away unscathed. Twitter: BIG crash for @lorenzo99 & @calcrutchlow! Fortunately both OK & errmm… discussing what happened in the gravel… https://t.

Lorenzo / crutchlow disagree over motegi motogp practice collision Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow disagreed over who was to blame for their collision in wet

Cal Crutchlow (born 29 October 1985) is a British professional motorcycle road racer, who currently competes in the MotoGP World Championship for CWM LCR Honda. 04 Dovizioso. 99 Lorenzo . View history. More .

Cleared of any injury, Lorenzo returned to action in the afternoon to end the day fourth fastest.

The Spaniard admitted Crutchlow came to see him afterwards to apologise after the pair had a heated exchange in the gravel, though the LCR rider insists no apology was offered on his part.

“I don’t think we are going to agree on the incident,” he added.

“The main thing is we’re both OK. I’ve been to see him to make sure he’s OK, and that’s it.”

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Marquez fastest as conditions leave Rossi and Lorenzo in Q1 .
Marc Marquez topped a wet FP3 session that saw no riders improve on their previous times. The conditions meant that Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will both have to go through Q1 if they are to start in the top twelve for tomorrow’s race. On combined practice times, Aleix Espargaro continued to head the field after his FP2 time yesterday. Marquez was second, with Dovizioso third. Crutchlow was fourth, with Vinales fifth. Jack Miller will head into Q2, after finishing sixth on combined times. Andrea Iannone was seventh, with Johann Zarco eighth. Dani Pedrosa was ninth, with Pol Espargaro being the final rider making it into Q2 automatically. This means that Rossi and Lorenzo will have to fight to make it into Q2 later on, after disappointing during Friday practice. Lorenzo also crashed during FP3, along with Marquez and Zarco. Conditions yet again play a big part in proceedings at Phillip Island. The riders will head out later to decide the grid for tomorrow’s race in Qualifying.

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