Crutchlow: I’m riding even better than in 2013

Cal Crutchlow thinks he is at a better level now than in 2013 after moving up to eighth place in the MotoGP World Championship standings.

The LCR Honda rider has picked up 66 points from his last four races and finds himself only ten points off Andrea Iannone in sixth position. He is still 124 points behind leader Marc Marquez though.

Crutchlow has reignited memories of an impressive spell three seasons ago when he was riding for Tech 3 Yamaha, but the Brit thinks he is actually performing better than back then.

“I feel I'm at a good level and Herve [Poncharal] and Daniele [Romagnoli] both texted me last night and said, 'you're back to 2013, keep it going'. So it's nice to know that,” Crutchlow said.

“I would say I'm actually a little better than 2013 because the bike I'm on is not as competitive.”

Crutchlow believes his return to form is partly down to confidence after his grand prix victory at Brno provided him with an extra boost.

“It comes with confidence doesn't it? Look at Lorenzo. His bike is as good as Valentino's and he's finished eighth. It's a little bit about confidence.

"I don't think that he's suddenly lost it. Maybe in five races we won't see him for 10-seconds, he'll be gone. It's just the way it is at the time and you have to take advantage of it when you can. But 66 points in four races is nice.” 

Crutchlow, who raced a new chassis at Silverstone, thinks his team should take a lot of credit for his points scoring run over the last four races.

“Yeah, but my team have worked hard for it. Beefy [crew chief] sent Lucy a message not long back saying 'we'll get him back to the podium' and it's nice that they didn't – not give up on me because that never happens in this sport – but it's nice to be able to repay them because they've worked as hard for me as I do for myself.

"We'll see what happens from now in the next coming weeks with some things that are going on with Lucio [Cecchinello] and Honda. Let's see.”