Cal Crutchlow continued his excellent start to the MotoGP season, by ending day one of the Grand Prix of Argentina in second place on the timesheets, and primed for an assault on the top spots on the grid on Saturday.

The British rider, who has scored podiums twice at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for the LCR Honda CASTROL team, was second fastest in the morning session behind factory Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa. He then went even quicker in a rain-affected second practice, to sit in second place overall and a half-second clear of the rest of the field.

Crutchlow was only bettered by another fellow HRC man, reigning world champion Marc Marquez, and the only rider apart from the Spaniard to dip below the 1’40 barrier with a 1’39.799. 

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 2nd (1’39.799)

 “I’m really positive about the first day here, I think we worked in a very good way. We have to continue this good work again tomorrow because it was particularly tricky with the weather in the afternoon session, but overall I’m delighted with how the whole LCR Honda Castrol team are working.”

 “At the moment we have continued our good run of form from Qatar, and we need to keep focused and enjoy the day tomorrow, whatever the weather. We then will try to get a good position on the grid for Sunday’s race.”