Crutchlow: Honda has "embarrassing" out-lap handicap

Cal Crutchlow says the current Honda’s performance on out-laps is “embarrassing”, and believes this played a part in Marc Marquez’s MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix FP1 crash.

Crutchlow: Honda has "embarrassing" out-lap handicap

Marquez was thrown from his RC213V late on in the first practice session at the Turn 7 right-hander while off-throttle, and had to go to hospital for precautionary checks before returning to action in FP2.

Honda boss Alberto Puig told media following FP1 he believed dirt on Marquez’s fresh rear tyre was the cause, with Marquez later admitting a combination of that and the fact he completely shut off the throttle were perhaps to blame.

Read Also:

However, Crutchlow refutes this and believes the fact the Honda has “no grip” on out-laps compared to the other bikes on the grid led to Marquez’s crash.

“It’s not a dirty tyre,” Crutchlow replied when asked what caused Marquez’s crash.

“I think he didn’t lean enough in Turn 3, but when you come through there and the tyre – it’s a very typical Honda thing – we have no grip in the out-laps compared to the other bikes.

“If we follow another manufacturer in the out-lap it’s so difficult because we don’t load the tyres the same way.

“He highsided off-gas, and it’s because the weight is not there to push it [the tyre].

“I followed [Petronas Yamaha rider Franco] Morbidelli on an out-lap in the second run this morning, and honestly it was embarrassing; I might as well have been on a wet track trying to go round the corner the same speed as him, because we [Honda riders] need an extra lap [to prepare the tyre].

“If you have a look in the practices, the first flying lap after we leave the pits on a used tyre is always way different to the next lap. We need that extra lap to be able to make the tyre work.”

Crutchlow "can't sleep" due to tendonitis

Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda

Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

LCR rider Crutchlow spent Friday battling a tendonitis issue, which he thinks has flared up due to the aggressive nature of the RC213V and the busy recent schedule – but says this had “absolutely nothing to do” with him struggling to 13th in practice.

“I have chronic tendonitis in my right arm,” he explained. “I could already feel it coming in Aragon. I had it some years ago, in 2015 or ’16.

“You manage to get ride of it in the end, but you get rid of it with rest and I’ve got four races on the bounce basically from now.

“I tried to rest it after Aragon. It’s the bicep tendon, now it’s gone into the shoulder and I have tennis elbow as well because it’s just all compensating [on the bike].

“Just with the run of Silverstone, Misano test and Misano race all really close and a bike that is not easy to ride, it’s as simple as that.”

He added: “Honestly, in the night I can’t sleep, the thing’s just killing me. I can’t lift my bottle of water. To ride here is proving quite difficult.”

shares
comments
Marquez "couldn't breathe" for five seconds after crash

Previous article

Marquez "couldn't breathe" for five seconds after crash

Next article

Rossi names reasons behind Galbusera split

Rossi names reasons behind Galbusera split
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Thailand GP
Drivers Cal Crutchlow , Marc Marquez
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Author Lewis Duncan
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Prime

How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021 after storming to victory at a venue five months earlier served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha's factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend did at least expose one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Prime

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return? Prime

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021