Crutchlow frustrated after brake problem ends race
5 May 2014 – British rider Cal Crutchlow vented his frustration after being forced to retire from the MotoGP race at Jerez after only a handful of laps.
Crutchlow rode in Spain with an injured hand, having missed the previous round in Argentina, and was running on the cusp of the top 10 when his Ducati developed a brake problem.
"It was a complete disaster and I looked pissed off because I was pissed off," he said. "I'd worked so hard to come back for two weeks and sacrificed every single hour of every day to try and get back, all to do three s**t laps.
"I had no brakes and I don't know why – they just didn't work. For two laps I felt great, the best I'd felt all weekend. I made a lot of aggressive passes and was coming to the front of that group and felt happy; the team did a good job with my settings for the race and I felt good.
"The bike was stopping no problem, but then on one lap there was no brake lever and it was completely back to the bar."
Crutchlow also hit out at Ducati's lack of progress so far in 2014.
"The situation is bad, it's tough, and I don't see we are getting much better – the distance to the winner is way too far," he said. "I don't know how the team are celebrating so much for [Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso] finishing 20 or 30 seconds behind the winner – also [Stefan] Bradl, [Bradley] Smith and [Álvaro] Bautista are finishing too far behind the winner.
"This is the situation – yes, it's better than last year, sure – but I'm not too happy obviously because I came all the way here to do three laps. I'm not going to risk my ass and stay out there and risk everyone else's too."