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Cal Crutchlow has con­tin­ued his run of good form at Aragon by tak­ing yet an­other strong re­sult from the week­end. The Czech Grand Prix win­ner looked strong through­out, de­feat­ing many of his fac­tory ri­vals in Sun­day’s race to fin­ish fifth on the LCR Honda.

Yet in a sign of just how much his pace has im­proved since a tor­rid start to the 2016 sea­son, he was left be­moan­ing his qual­i­fy­ing crash that meant he started from the sec­ond and not the front row.

He said: “I knew what was go­ing to hap­pen if I didn’t qual­ify on the front row. I didn’t get a great start, I got stuck be­hind Dani, and I couldn’t get away with the lead­ers. I tried to bat­tle back, but our bike has got no ac­cel­er­a­tion and no speed, and it took a long time to get past the oth­ers.

“Once you lose the front guys, you’re not get­ting them back. Over­all we’re happy enough, but the front row was my chance to get on the podium and when that didn’t hap­pen and I didn’t get away with them, that cost me my chance.”

But while the Isle of Man res­i­dent was left unim­pressed with his per­for­mance at the end of the race, it sig­ni­fied a con­tin­u­ing shift in his for­tunes that has car­ried on since his Sach­sen­ring podium in July.

“We did this at a cir­cuit that doesn’t re­ally suit me, my size, and the way the Honda is at the minute. We did a good job, de­spite all of the Honda rid­ers strug­gling, even Marc. He said he tar­geted a few races he wanted to win, and I tar­geted this one as some­where I wanted a good re­sult.

“It was an en­joy­able race, though, and over­all we are happy be­cause top five in a Mo­togp race at Aragon is not bad. But I would have still pre­ferred a podium!”

Cal reck­ons sec­ond-row start robbed him of podium chance from the off

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