MotoGP testing: Cal Crutchlow leads the way in Jerez testing
Last Updated: 25/03/13 9:09pm
Cal Crutchlow: Briton fastest in MotoGP testing at Jerez
Britain's Cal Crutchlow topped the time-sheets after the final day of MotoGP testing at Jerez in Spain.
The Yamaha Tech3 rider clocked a best time of one minute 39.511 seconds around the rain-hit circuit to outshine the two official Yamaha bikes ridden by defending champion Jorge Lorenzo and Italian Valentino Rossi.
Crutchlow was 0.014 seconds quicker than Rossi, who is returning to Yamaha after a disappointing spell with Ducati, and 0.029secs faster than Spaniard Lorenzo.
"I feel good," said the 27-year-old. "It is a shame that I couldn't do 70 laps on a dry course over three days but to ride at this rhythm is good news."
Honda rider Dani Pedrosa opted to sit out the final day of the three-day session.
"We reckoned that in these conditions, and even if the track began to dry, we have nothing more to test for," said the Spaniard.
"Apart from that I had a painful back and I preferred to have some rest."
The 2013 MotoGP season starts in Qatar on April 7.