The historic day came amidst tricky weather at the Brno circuit, with rain falling all day but stopping just before the MotoGP race. Crutchlow and his LCR Honda Team took the gamble of fitting a hard wet tyre to the front and rear of his bike, only one of two riders to do so, and despite having taken time to get up to pace, it soon became the combination to be on.
Having started in tenth place on the grid, Crutchlow was down to 15th by the end of lap three, but he was soon on the move, passing riders at will before hitting the front with just over seven laps remaining. The Brit never looked in trouble, and came across the line with a huge stand-up wheelie to celebrate, over seven-seconds clear of his nearest challenger, Valentino Rossi.
Crutchlow‰Ûªs win comes at a fitting moment, just two weeks after the birth of his first child Willow, and two weeks before the next round of the MotoGP World Championship, at Silverstone in the UK.
‰ÛÏThis win means a lot to me. I thought the feeling might be different, but after having become a Dad two weeks ago, nothing matches that. Don‰Ûªt get me wrong though, I haven‰Ûªt won a race for many years, maybe six or seven, so it‰Ûªs been a long time and it‰Ûªs something really, really special.‰Û