CAL Crutchlow has described his 2015 MotoGP campaign as average after finishing ninth at what proved to be an eventful season finale in Valencia on Sunday.
Having qualified in fifth for the final race of the year at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, hopes were high for the Coventry-born rider.
But a safety concern with his number one bike meant he had to switch to his spare and start from the back of the grid.
Despite that major setback, Crutchlow produced a hugely creditable ride as he made his way through the field to eventually finish inside the top ten.
“We had to start from the back of the grid because of a safety concern with my other bike,” said Crutchlow.
“I changed bikes and then had to be patient on the first lap as I had no heat in the tyres because I had to do the warm-up lap behind the safety car.
“So I wasn’t able to push and I only made up three places in three laps and that made it really difficult to come back through the field.
“But honestly I was really pleased with my pace once I got going after ten laps and it probably would have been good enough for fourth place today.
“It was disappointing not to be able to do that and be there, but my bike has not let me down all year and it was just unfortunate we had to start from the back of the grid.”
The result ensured the 30-year-old finished the season in eighth place in the world championship standings with 125 points.
And while satisfied with his performance, Crutchlow admits he is now looking forward to pushing on again next year and challenging for podium finishes.
“I think it was an average year for me, but when I took the decision to stay where I am for the next two years continuity was key.
“I think with some new parts next year we can be back where we belong challenging for podiums and I’m looking forward to that and am grateful for the faith they have shown in me.”