CAL Crutchlow has spoken of his disappointment after missing out on a podium place at the Argentina MotoGP following a crash in eighth position.
After having already made a miraculous recovery from an earlier tumble when he hit a damp patch on the Termas de Rio Hondo track on Sunday, Coventry-born Crutchlow made his way through the field following a tricky start to the race.
The race itself had to be shortened to 20 laps due to a decision taken by Michelin that a mandatory pit-stop was to be made mid-race to ensure rider safety.
Having picked up from his turn one slide, Crutchlow went on to set a pace similar to the leaders in the second half of the race, and made it as high as eighth heading onto the last lap.
However, as he touched a white line at turn three his chance of recovering a solid points-scoring finish were dashed.
“Obviously I’m very disappointed for the team,” said Crutchlow. “I tried my best and after a bad start I made up some places.
“Then into turn one I got blinded by Jorge Lorenzo, hit a wet area and went to the floor. I remounted and got up to a good pace and made up some ground to the riders in front before the bike change.
“After the mandatory pit-stop I pushed all the way to the finish despite some problems with the front tyre.
“I felt I rode well and managed to get back with the kind of pace that could have potentially been a podium. However, I hit a white line on the last lap after passing Bradley Smith for eighth, and went down again.”
Crutchlow and the LCR Honda team will hope for better luck as they move straight to Austin in Texas for the Grand Prix of the Americas, where practice begins this Friday.
“It is disappointing of course,” added Crutchlow. “But we can take some positives from the race in that we are able to be competitive and we just need to learn to manage the situation.”