Cal Crutchlow marks his final appearance as an LCR Honda rider by leading a team 1-2 ahead of the final 2020 MotoGP lap in Portimao
Cal Crutchlow gave himself a welcome little boost ahead of his final MotoGP World Championship race as a full-time racer by leading the morning warm-up for the Portuguese MotoGP at Portimao.
At the end of a difficult season due to injuries for the Briton, who will be Yamaha test rider next year, the LCR Honda man has pushed himself to the top of the timesheets in the closing stages.
With the best eighth place this season, Crutchlow is now in a good position to sign off from fourth on the grid with a podium.
Crutchlow led teammate Takaaki Nakagami. The Japanese driver revealed he had groomed a painful hand on Saturday, legacy of an accident on Friday.
Brad Binder was third fastest ahead of the Espargaro brothers, Aprilias Aleix led KTM’s pole, while Fabio Quartararo’s humble weekend continued in sixth place as the best placed Yamaha rider.
Alex Marquez, an encouraging morning for Honda, finished seventh in the top ten for the first time this weekend, while teammate Stefan Bradl, who slipped from sixth of the season this afternoon, suffered a quick crash while cornering 9 destroyed his Repsol Honda.
Joan Mir started as 20. in his first race with the world champions and showed a promising shimmer with the eighth fastest time ahead of the top Ducati drivers Johann Zarco and Maverick Vinales. Polesitter MIguel Oliveira was eleventh best as he prepared for his home race.
While Mir finished the championship, six are still fighting for second place. At the head of this fight is Franco Morbidelli from second place on the grid, who finished 15th this morning. Italian is.
It is also up to the manufacturers’ crown to decide, with Suzuki and Ducati bound on points. Alex Rins is the best placed Suzuki on 11th. Place, Jack Miller leads the Ducati Challenge in third place.
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