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2017 Grand Prix of Czech Republic

Crutchlow talks #mylid before home MotoGP spectacle

Aug 262017

One of the oldest and most famous rounds of MotoGP will take place this weekend at Silverstone – site of the first British Grand Prix on the mainland back in 1977 – and Cal Crutchlow will be looking to go one better than his excellent runner-up finish around the fast and bumpy curves in 2016.

The 31 year old is steering his works Honda in celebratory Castrol Honda colours in front of an expectant crowd at the home of British motorsport but the dark and eye-catching Crutchlow helmet design will remain in place. Asked to explain the fiery look of his Arai for the latest of Monster Energy’s #mylid series, Crutchlow offered-up some interesting details.

“It started back in 2009 where I saw a Japanese design that had a lot of flames,” #35 said. “I wanted those same flames but not in orange or yellow so I made them green and obviously it went very well with the Monster theme. In 2012 I changed them to a matte texture and it looked really good so we continued from there.”

“I think, personally, I have one of best looking designs on the grid, up close and from a distance,” he opined. “Up close there are some small details that you cannot see from far away. It is recognisable and it has become like an identity; I think it works really well. The only time I varied the design was when my daughter Willow was born and I changed the flames to pink. Everyone liked that helmet and Arai wanted to make a replica and I said no because it was for my daughter and nobody else!”


Crutchlow’s LCR team and his thousands of fans will be hoping the lid follows him to the top step of the box on Sunday afternoon and where he’ll be aiming for his third success in MotoGP for what is the twelfth round of eighteen in an unpredictable 2017 contest.