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Old 02-19-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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Crutchlow pleasantly surprised with Honda RC213V package

The LCR Honda rider is yet to test the 2016 engine

BRITISH MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow ended the Phillip Island test in third after being impressed with the overall package of his Honda RC213V.

The second of three pre-season MotoGP tests ended at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia today with the LCR Honda Team and Crutchlow both declaring it as a successful test.

The 30 year-old ended the session third fastest overall just almost two-tenths of a second behind the quickest lap of the week.

The final morning saw the best weather of the test as riders were able to get out on track straight away. The Isle of Man resident wasted no time to put in a few solid laps at a fast race pace. Rain showers did, however, put a stop to proceedings towards the middle of the day.

As the track dried out, Crutchlow got back out on track to put in a set of hot laps of 1:29.348 placing himself third on the combined time-sheets for the test; 0.217s behind the best lap of the test set by Maverick Viñales on Tuesday.

'Today was a lot better, despite the fact that we had a small crash in turn four - as did a lot of people,' explained Crutchlow.

'I've felt really happy to be riding the LCR Honda this week, the bike was good and we were pleasantly surprised with the package together with the Michelin tyres and the new electronics.

'We didn't have the new engine here unfortunately but it means we have something to look forward to in Qatar.

Concluding, the 30-year-old said: 'We definitely worked very well as a team this week, which is one of the main things when you come away for three days.

'The important thing is that we leave here with a lot of information, both electronically and chassis-wise, so we'll take it all to Qatar and look forward to that test.'

Crutchlow has ended the three days positively, despite a crash on the final day at Turn 4. The final pre-season test takes place in Qatar between the 2nd and 4th March.

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