Sudden rain on Race Day at the Grand Prix of Japan spoiled the YAMALUBE RS4GP Racing Team‘s plans of testing prototype items for a full race distance. Nevertheless, the team have reason to be cheerful as they scored three championship points during their wild-card entry with Cal Crutchlow.
The skies were turning darker and darker as the clock hit 15:00 GMT+9 and the MotoGP Race got underway. The rain started to fall on the first lap, causing white flags signalling that riders could come in to swap bikes. Starting from P19, Crutchlow followed Fabio Quartararo on the opening lap and decided to stay out on slicks for a second lap. At the time he ranked fifth, as the majority of the rider field had made a pit stop. One lap later, the pack had caught up with those who stayed out on slicks and Crutchlow also swapped bikes. He rejoined the track in 20th place, but then showed his expertise in the wet. He steadily climbed up the order as the rain started to hammer down, while even completing a long-lap penalty. When the Race was red flagged, he was in 13th place. With red flags coming out for a second time during the sighting lap, the grid positions for the restart would become the final Japanese GP Race results.
Johann Zarco did not join the grid after a late crash on lap 13, moving Crutchlow up to 13th in the classifications.
Though the YAMALUBE RS4GP Racing Team would have benefitted from riding a full race length to gather extra data, they feel positive to leave the Mobility Resort Motegi track featuring in the Championship Standings, as they scored 3 championship points. The Yamaha engineers will carefully go over all the collected data from this weekend with the purpose to boost bike development and help the Factory Team.