Crutchlow: I could have stolen pole

Cal Crutchlow will start the Australian MotoGP from second on the grid, but he believes he had a chance to go one better.

The Englishman topped the timesheets during the shootout for pole position, but a late decision to change from slicks to intermediate front tyre cost him pole position, as Marc Marquez flew around Phillip Island almost 0.8 seconds quicker.

“I’m a little bit disappointed with the result, I thought we could maybe have stolen the pole today if I was clever enough,” the 30 year-old told

“Normally I am the guy to put the slicks first and I should have gone with my gut instinct, because after Qualifying 1 I said immediately ‘let’s go with the slicks’. And then I changed my mind and it was the wrong decision.

“So I lost a bit of time, but felt I did a good job with the tyre that I had and we finished second. At the end of the day Marc did a great lap.

“It’s been tricky conditions all weekend, then me going through to Qualifying 1 was a bit of a nightmare situation. I chose the wrong tyres at the wrong time in FP3. But I think my team did a good job this weekend and we have to look forward to tomorrow. It’ll be a complete lottery again

“Honestly I was quite surprised with the lap times that we were able to do with the wet tyre and also in the dry, considering the track is dirty and there is no rubber on the track – just a load of crashed fairing bits and mud!”

Tricky conditions today but glad to be in front row …

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