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Coventry rider Cal Crutchlow survives high speed crash

By Steve Carpenter 07/06 Updated: 07/06 11:54

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CAL Crutchlow finished fifth in the Spanish MotoGP in Barcelona and was then lucky to walk away from a 125mph crash in post-racing testing.

The 26-year-old lost control of his Yamaha bike following a high-speed crash on Sunday.

Crutchlow was not seriously hurt and suffered only grazing on his back and shoulders having rode to a fifth-place position at the Catalunya Circuit after a battle with reigning champion Casey Stoner who finished fourth.

The pair were involved in a lengthy 25-lap battle but the Australian Stoner had too much experience for the Coventry born rider.

Yamaha team mate Andrea Dovizioso got himself into a podium spot by finishing third.

"I'd have liked to have battled for the podium at the end and I think if I could have passed Casey I could have gone with Andrea," said Crutchlow.

"I was strong in some parts of the track and Casey in others, so each time I'd close up he would be able to pull away and manage the gap.

"He rode brilliantly and I've got to be happy to be so close to him on a track I've only raced on twice now.

"I couldn't do anything else to get by him but he's not the World Champion for nothing."

Crutchlow currently sits fifth in the MotoGP world standings and is aim for a top three finish on his home circuit Silverstone on June 17.

He added: "I qualified on the front row and finished in the top five, so there are so many positives to take away from this weekend.

"Now I'm really looking forward to my home race at Silverstone where I hope to be battling for the podium again in front of my own fans."

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