Dovizioso fastest, Crutchlow crashes in Catalan test

Mon, 04 Jun 17:39:00 2012

Cal Crutchlow walked away from a high-speed crash during MotoGP's group test at the Catalunya circuit.

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The Briton had only completed one fast lap when he hit a wet patch at around 200km/h on the approach to Turn 4.

While Crutchlow was relatively unhurt in the accident his bike was destroyed, with some parts apparently clearing the perimeter fencing.

"Massive, massive crash 2nd lap on wet patch under bridge no one could see. 200kph ..." Crutchlow, who finished fifth in yesterday's Catalunya Grand Prix, tweeted.

"Took a lot of skin off my arse back and shoulders but am ok! Went back out as we have a job to do. So sorry to boys as bike was totalled."

Fresh from his maiden Yamaha podium in the Catalunya Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso went fastest in MotoGP's group test on the Spanish circuit.

As was the case for the entire field, the Tech 3 rider's focus was on development work rather than chasing outright laptime.

The Italian therefore spent much of his time working with Tech 3 on a new spec engine and its corresponding electronics. Dovizioso ended the day with the fastest time, a 1:41.997, while team-mate Crutchlow bounced back from a high-speed crash in the morning to go seventh fastest.

"Today was very positive," said Dovizioso. "Finishing fastest means we have shown once again our potential and I am now starting to feel really confident and comfortable with the YZR-M1.

"We made another step forward with the set-up of the bike compared to the race and now I am looking forward to the Aragon test. This track has not been the best for me so I am curious to check my level on the Yamaha there."

Crutchlow was also offbeat despite his crash.

"Luckily though I am fine and I was able to go back out and build up my confidence again," he said. "I was able to work a lot on used tyres and my pace at the end of the day was pleasing. I wasn't going to push too hard and risk another crash so I'm sure I could be higher than seventh. Now I'm looking forward to Aragon where hopefully I can get a better understanding for the new parts Yamaha delivered here."

Yamaha's Ben Spies, whose schedule included evaluating different engine specifications and frame variations, ended the day second fastest. The American had been running well in Sunday's race, only to fall while trying to pass Honda's Dani Pedrosa for the lead.

His Yamaha stable-mate Jorge Lorenzo, winner of the grand prix, finished the day in eighth.

Honda spent much of the day evaluating Bridgestone's new front tyre, which will be made available as part of each team's pre-weekend allocation after Silverstone.

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa had been first and second when the test halted for lunch, but dropped in the afternoon - Pedrosa ending one place above Stoner in fifth.

Hector Barbera, on the satellite Pramac Ducati, was third fastest ahead of Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista, who worked on new suspension settings.

The works Ducati squad meanwhile used the test to further trial its aluminium swingarm. Valentino Rossi had started his weekend in Catalunya using the aluminium version following a recent test at Mugello, but switched back to the carbon fibre version halfway through the weekend.

The Italian ended the day 11th fastest, just behind team-mate Nicky Hayden.

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