MotoGP LCR Honda Rider Cal Crutchlow speaks out about the incident with Dani Pedrosa at Mugello that saw them both hit with a DNF.
Cal Crutchlow has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. The Briton has built up a reputation out on the grid as one of the thorniest personalities out there, and we love him for it. Crutchlow’s demeanour has often been the subject of debate, as the Englishman has never pulled any punches in his public-facing statements, always managing a way to interlace an expletive somewhere along the line.
The sole LCR Honda rider saved the best of his arsenal for last, saying:
“He came from a long way back because I couldn’t hear him, and then suddenly I saw him and I was on top of him. Two weeks with his ruthless moves, and one ended in tears this weekend.
I’m glad he’s lost his second place in the championship, anyway.” – Cal Crutchlow
Although Crutchlow managed to get a stab in at Pedrosa after the exchange, he did later on go to admit that his fiery temper had been somewhat quelled since the initial impact, citing a briefly dislocated shoulder as a large source of his anger after the crash:
“I’m alright, f**king shoulder popped out and then I couldn’t breathe, that was my problem.
I just got winded. Obviously, I had an impact on my ribs so they took me in the ambulance.
But in the end, it’s the way it is. There’s nothing I can do now. I can’t change the result by punching him [Pedrosa] or something like that. I’ve done it and I’m sure I will do it again in my career.
Sometimes when you try to pass people, it doesn’t work and that’s it.
I was obviously pissed off at the time but I understand that’s just the way it is. I’m uninjured, he’s uninjured and we can at least both go and race this [coming] weekend [at Barcelona].” – Cal Crutchlow
Crutchlow has shown himself to not only be an incredibly resilient rider, but one that also seems to thrive on conflict. It’s difficult to tell just how much the scrap with Pedrosa meant to him in the grand scheme of things, but one thing is for certain: the devilishly-grinned Briton is not going to let a minor setback like the one in Mugello stop him from showing the rest of MotoGP why he is a force to be reckoned with.
Now if only others could stop ramming into him.