LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow secured a place in the top 10 on the opening day of free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Briton ended up in eighth place overall in Spielberg, but feels there is plenty of room for improvement ahead of Saturday’s qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.

Under fine, sunny skies, Crutchlow had to settle for 11th position the morning’s FP1 session. But, with an unsettled forecast predicted for Saturday, he improved in FP2 to break into the top 10 and ensure he is well-placed to progress to Q2 tomorrow.

#35 Cal Crutchlow (8th – 1’24.336)

“Today was not a bad day, but I think we can improve in a lot of areas, I look forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow. I was struggling to stop the bike in turn one and turn four and hopefully we can improve that overnight with some settings changes. I had to cut one of my runs short as I didn’t get the correct feeling with one of the settings, so hopefully that will help me in that area. I’ll work closely with the team and Honda tonight to understand the situation and also to work out the best tyre to use for qualifying and the race.”