The YAMALUBE RS4GP Racing Team used the Grand Prix of Japan Saturday sessions to collect further data and analyse prototype parts. Due to a mishap in Q1 earlier in the day, Crutchlow was starting from P16 in the Sprint. However, as his main aim was to collect data to accelerate bike performance, the team still felt positive that the 12-lap dash would be of great value to Yamaha. The number-35 rider finished the contest in 18th place.
Crutchlow found himself riding with Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli in the early stages before settling behind Quartararo in 18th place on lap 3. However, halfway through the Sprint, the Briton was handed a long-lap penalty for exceeding track limits, and he fell back to 19th place. With a large gap to the riders ahead and behind, he was unable to make up ground before the chequered flag. As Aleix Espargaró had retired from the Sprint with 4 laps to go, the Yamaha test rider finished in 18th place, 26.026s from first.
The YAMALUBE RS4GP Racing Team will be back in action tomorrow for Warm Up, held from 10:40 - 10:50 GMT +9, and the Race, which starts at 15:00.