British rider Cal Crutchlow will have one of the best seats in the house for Sunday’s MotoGP championship showdown.
Crutchlow has qualified sixth, outside of the second row, on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha with title aspirants Marc Marquez (pole) and Jorge Lorenzo (second) just ahead.
Crutchlow says he has been stunned by Marquez’s seemingly risky, all-out style during practice and qualifying for this crucial race.
The young Spaniard can ride for points and secure the title with a fourth place finish or better. He has not finished worse than third in the 15 races, of 17, that he has finished.
“Marquez is taking some risks and I don’t know why,” Crutchlow said.
“That’s just the way he rides but he could have a very easy third or fourth tomorrow and be world champion. He might be 10 seconds behind Lorenzo but part of me thinks he is going to push like we have never seen (going for the win).
“I don’t know why. If he looked at Lorenzo’s pace from free practice four then he is better off saying ‘they can go for it.’ Pedrosa can run the same pace but I think he should let them two go.
“Before the weekend I’d have said Marquez will be world champion but Jorge will win the race, but the way Marc is riding, I don’t know.
“Marquez deserves to win it but don’t take anything away from Jorge because he is actually riding better.”
Sunday’s race will mark Crutchlow’s last with the Tech3 Yamaha before switching to Ducati on a two-year deal. He will begin winter testing with Ducati in Valencia on Monday.