Great success for Cal Crutchlow and the LCR Honda MotoGP Team: the Honda rider finished fifth in front of 100,000 fans at the Malaysian Grand Prix – powered by Castrol POWER1. Crutchlow pushed his Honda RC213V to the absolute limit in a fiercely-contested, 20-lap race at the Sepang International Circuit, near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Despite minor brake issues, he came out on top in a no-holds-barred battle with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) to claim his fourth top-ten result in a row. With one race remaining, the Brit is currently eighth in the World Championship with 118 points. The overseas leg of the MotoGP season, which featured three races in Japan, Australia and Malaysia within the space of three weeks, could hardly have gone better for Crutchlow and LCR Honda.
“To finish the three flyaway races with fifth place is a good result,” said the 29-year-old from Coventry, who was the second best-placed Honda rider in Sepang. Victory went to Spain’s Dani Pedrosa (Honda), who left the two Yamaha stars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in his wake. “Perhaps we should have been fourth today, riding our own race not too far behind Valentino. But it wasn’t to be. We must now go to Valencia and try to keep improving once again.” The final round of the MotoGP season will take place in the Spanish port on 8th November.
In MotoGP, we’re always looking for the next edge. This is why we use CastrolCal Crutchlow, 2009 Supersport World Champion
Crutchlow’s dramatic battles on the racetrack were not the only reason he caught the eye this weekend. For the first time this season, the 2009 Supersport world champion lined up on a bike decked out completely in a Castrol livery. Castrol POWER1 was the main sponsor of bike number 35 in Malaysia – continuing a successful tradition in motorcycle racing. “Castrol is proud to have stepped up its support for the LCR Honda MotoGP Team and Cal Crutchlow for the Malaysian round of the MotoGP World Championship,” said Donald Smith, Castrol Global Sponsorship Manager. “Castrol has a long standing association with both MotoGP and Honda – and this livery continues to build our rich heritage.” Castrol and Honda were technology partners way back in 1959, when the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer entered Grand Prix racing for the first time. Over the next nine years, it won 18 manufacturer and 17 driver titles – with Castrol lubricants. The two brands continued this tradition in the 1980s, and have since become an integral part of the motorcycle racing scene.
This season, the LCR Honda MotoGP Team is putting its faith in Castrol lubricants – particularly Castrol POWER1, Castrol’s premium product, which offers superior acceleration and promises plenty of thrills. “In MotoGP, we’re always looking for the next edge. This is why we use Castrol,” says Crutchlow. Smith adds: “MotoGP provides a great platform to showcase our products and technology.” Sounds like a win-win situation.