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CAL CRUTCHLOW

Q: Starting with this weekend, you're going into your 9th British GP, where you've bagged one podium and one pole position over the years, so how confident are you feeling?

A: Going on the statistics, to have one pole position and only one podium, Im hoping to get another one because I need to top up the statistics. But it's always a strange Grand Prix always a busy Grand Prix for me, being the only British rider, I look forward to it but I'm hoping to add another podium on the list to Grand Prix's.

Q: When you head out of pit lane for practice, qualifying etc, you've got a new asphalt out there, how do you go about learning that? Does it change your usual approach to the sessions?

A: Yes well we go out and look, for example, today I've already been out to have a look. The track looks a bit dirty but apart from that it's still the same. The corners are the same, the layouts still the same, it's not like coming to a completely new track. Free Practice 1 is always a busy session, your trying new setups, starting to already talk about electronics, suspension, many things. But, on the other hand, you're not fully up to speed. So when you're up to speed on the Saturday, you can understand the bike more and gather the feeling of the bike in the new asphalt more.

Q: Silverstone are proving their loyalty to MotoGP with the numerous resurfacing after the comments over the past year. But, there's still a lot of discussion on whether the British GP should return to Donington? What do you think? 

A: Someone asked me this question yesterday actually, it's an interesting one. I've always rode very well at Silverstone, whether it was on Supersport, Superbike or MotoGP, so in that sense I like that the British GP is here. But I haven't rode Donington Park for years and I loved that place. For me I loved the undulations of the track, so I would like to go to Donington for that reason but I don't know it's a hard one. In the end, they've resigned to stay here, we're here for this year and next year so maybe I might not get to ride Donington at all.

Q: Do you think people like Marquez who haven't had much experience if any would find find it harder to ride Donington than Silverstone? 

 

A:  No, they're so professional now that they can adapt to tracks in 20 minutes and a lot of the riders have done Donington, maybe not Marc I'm not sure whether he did it in 125's but I don't like to always go back to the same tracks, I like to mix it up a bit. I like to have new events on the calendar so I'd like to think that if we went back to Donington, we'd have a bit more advantage over them.

Q: Regardless of where it's held, you'll still tons of fans after you. How do you balance the fame with focusing to do what you really want to do and win?

A:  Yes it's difficult and it's especially difficult for me to manage because I don't do it for the fame. A lot of the riders do it for the fame, they like that side of it. Not to say I don't like to meet my fans because I absolutely do and I really appreciate that I have so many fans and people that support me. But I like riding my Motorcycle and I know that comes with it, that side of it, so I know what I'm getting into and I always try and be as polite as I can be and I try my best. But at a home British Grand Prix is always very busy, there's a lot more time taken away from being able to focus on the race and that's a difficult thing to manage. Tomorrow is the day where I'll be able to start thinking about the race or riding.

Q: Is the support something that affects the mindset of riders on the grid at their home gp?

A:  Yes the supports always great and I've had some fantastic results here, like I said I've always had good support. What I love about Motorcycle racing is, I honestly done care whether they support me or not, along as they enjoy the race and love Motorcycles that's all that matters. You know of course you're always gonna have fans supporting the riders and that's great, that's cool. I'm very privileged to have many people support me and want me to do well, whether they're wearing a different t-shirt, they still want me to do well, maybe even win. But still, I just want them to enjoy the racing and be here for the reason of trying to see a spectacle, watch people go as fast as humanly possible around a track. You have to try and please them and please your team as well as everyone else. I think I always try and give 100%, no matter the results. 

Q: If you don't think about it on the grid, what do you think about before lights out? Is the same thing always on your mind or does it vary?

A:  It depends how your weekend's gone, but I tend to always do the same thing on the grid. Whether it be superstitious or whatever it may be. Over the day I like things to go how I want it to go of course, but by the time you get to the race, it's just you and the bike and you've got to get on with it. There's nothing you can do to change it really, like last week I felt good riding in the race, at the start of the race, yet two minutes later someone's bike stopped in front of me and I was on the floor. There's no point planning it really because you can't plan it. 

Q: Finally, from a British perspective, you're the only rider for the fans in the Premier class this year. Do you see Silverstone as a win it or bin it round as you maybe saw it in the past or is the Championship position the priority?

A: It won't be at all costs that's for sure. I have a team here who put everything into me to do a good job and get the best place I can. If the best place I can get is 8th then so be it. I have to try and do my job and my job is to try and get points to be the best place I can be in the Championship. We'll see but, if it's on the last lap between the two of us, I'll go all in that's for sure.