Pole position starter Cal Crutchlow and team mate James Toseland were among many of the riders who struggled to find adequate grip levels on the abrasive Kyalami circuit as they battled for valuable championship points in the two World Superbike races.
Cal Crutchlow finished 8th and 4th in the two races, but at least managed to remain with the leaders in the second encounter right until the chequered flag. “We did the best job we could today at a track that the bike is not best suited to. Like a lot of riders today I seemed to lose a lot of grip very early in the races making it a struggle to keep on the pace. Having said that I was pleased overall with the second race, we were battling for a win and showing good pace throughout to hold on for points. It's a difficult circuit and we've done well, the team did a really good job and we're looking forward to getting to Salt Lake City. The track at Miller will suit our bike a bit better so I'm confident we can achieve some good results.”
James Toseland was less fortunate, scoring a 7th and a sixth place finish in South Africa and is still on the lookout for his first win of the year. “The team are a bit bewildered after today, we lost grip on the tyres so quickly in the two races it was a challenge to keep up race pace. Considering I had my big crash only a week ago, getting a sixth and seventh finish is not bad for the championship for me. The differences that people have had today in grip level is incredible, some riders seemed to lose performance dramatically between the two races. I am a little frustrated but I certainly haven't had as bad a day as some riders. Over the weekend my neck got better and better, it was a bit sore still on Friday but it was fine today. A big thank you to the team who did a fantastic job this weekend, we're looking forward to a rest now before Salt Lake City in a couple of weeks.”
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