Crutchlow thanks Honda team for Argentine podium

LCR Honda team rider Cal Crutchlow has thanked his team after claiming third place and his first MotoGP podium of the season in Argentina this past weekend.

The 31-year-old Brit, who started Sunday's race from the front row of the grid, finished behind race winner Maverick Vinales and Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi in second. 

Not sure about the red belly but happy with today's front row ! Thanks @lcr_honda

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In an interview carried by the Coventry Observer, Crutchlow said he was very happy to take third place at the Termas de Rio Hondo track especially after not finishing in the MotoGP season opener in Qatar on March 26.

"It was nice to take a podium place for the LCR Honda team after what happened in Qatar, I'm very happy to take a third place, to be honest," said Crutchlow.

"I think we did a good job to manage things and bring the bike home in a podium position. Qatar was a disaster for me and the team as I felt strong there and believed I could get a good result, but to get a podium in the first two races is good. I'm really pleased for the team."

What makes Crutchlow's podium more impressive is that he was forced to manage his speed closely after a warning light on his RC213V dashboard was flashing early in the race.

"I had to manage the race right from the very start as I had a warning light on the dash, but I didn't panic and when Maverick (Viñales) came past I just decided to follow and see if I could control the situation – which I did.

"Once Vale (Valentino Rossi) came on to me I decided to try and push again, but the light came back on so I had to slow down and try to manage the rest of the race as best I could. 

"Vale came past me as he seemed to have a bit more grip than me, but we know the Honda bike is quite difficult to ride at the moment."