The Indianapolis GP was an odd race for Cal Crutchlow. He finished fifth, his eighth top-five finish in 10 starts this season on the Tech 3 Yamaha.
But the race didn't follow the usual Crutchlow blueprint. He has started races slowly and then ignited like a nitrous-addled fire engine heading toward a five-alarm blaze over the closing laps, slicing past riders with his aggressive racecraft.
At Indy, Crutchlow stayed within a second of the lead trio of Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez early in the race before fading down the stretch. Crutchlow ended up 20 seconds behind winner Marquez.
Crutchlow pointed blame at the factory-spec fuel tank that he begged for all season and finally had installed on his satellite M1 at the Brickyard. The different shape of the tank helps maintain neutral balance on the bike when a full load of gas is sloshing around early in the race.
Now Crutchlow heads to Brno with his coveted new gas tank mounted on his M1, even though he doesn't want it.
"All year I have wanted it, and now I want to get rid of it," Crutchlow said. "Simply because, and I am not just saying we don't know how to set it up, we really don't. It was clear at Indianapolis was the first race this year I have been the closest to the front three guys after five laps, so there is obviously a benefit. But at the end of the race, I was useless, and in a lot of races this year we have seen how fast I am at the end of a race.
"I will continue with the new tank, but I'm going to hit a point where I will tell them to take it off, I know that for a fact. I'm going to try it this weekend and see how I get on. If I'm not happy, I will change it back at Silverstone."