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Crutchlow takes maiden WSB podium at Portimao

Yamaha WSB man secures top-three finish after crashing in race one

COVENTRY-BASED World Superbike rider Cal Crutchlow bagged a podium finish in the second race at Portimao at the weekend, to stand on the World Superbike podium for the first time.

However, the reigning World Supersport champion, and Portimao polesitter, didn't have an ideal start to the weekend's double-header, finishing a lowly 14th place in race one after a crash.

Crutchlow's team-mate, former double World Superbike champion James Toseland, took a 7th and a 6th in the weekend's races. Toseland fell hard during Superpole, which left the MotoGP exile feeling 'a bit fuzzy'.

Both Crutchlow and Toseland head to the next round of the championship on 11th April at Valencia in tenth position with 25 points.

Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (14th, 3rd)

“It was a tough day today from the first race, I made a stupid mistake, my own fault I was pushing too hard. We’ve made big steps from Australia, all credit to Yamaha they’ve done a fantastic job. We came here fighting but unfortunately in the first race I went down and Johnny Rea got through and got the podium. I’m looking forward to the next weekend in Valencia, if we can continue doing a good job and getting the success we’re starting to experience it’ll be a good season, let’s keep the ball rolling. The team have put in a sterling effort this weekend. Well done to Max Biaggi and Leon Camier as well.”

James Toseland, Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team (7th, 6th)

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do but we’ve made massive improvements. We really deserved the third and sixth in that last race, After Cal’s Superpole he was unlucky to crash in the first race so I’m really pleased with his result in the second. The potential of the bike is very good, once we use the full power of the engine we’re right up there. It was only my crash that stopped me being on the front row I think. I was a bit sore today and my head was bit fuzzy after its knock yesterday so I wasn’t completely on form. Considering that and starting from 15th on the grid we achieved some good results. It’s a shame we started on the back foot this year but we’re moving on and we’re keeping on pushing.”

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