Cal Crutchlow dusted off his LCR Honda CASTROL leathers for the first time in 2018, as MotoGP pre-season testing began in Malaysia today. Conditions weren’t ideal for the 30 riders out on track in the tropical heat, with heavy rain greeting them as they arrived at the Sepang circuit and the surface not drying up until later in the day.

That limited Crutchlow to just 38 laps with his factory Honda RC213V, with a best lap of 2’00.522 coming on his 28th effort. Whilst other riders put in a new tyre and pushed hard for a lap time at the end of the day, the British rider decided against a full-on time-attack, and was happy to take ninth place on the overall timesheets, which belied his pace on this first day of three in Malaysia.

#35 Cal Crutchlow (9th overall)

“Today was a good day. We are really pleased with the work that Honda has done over the winter and we have to thank them for that. The LCR Honda Castrol Team worked very well as a unit too, it’s nice to be back amongst them and working together again after the off-season.

“It’s been a positive day because I was fast throughout, and we will come back and try tomorrow to see if we can improve the lap-time, but overall I’m very happy.”