Cal Crutchlow ended his British Superbike tenure with a 12th podium of the season at Brands Hatch after a fighting ride to second place.
Crutchlow was eager to complete his time in the championship with a third win of the season, but while he led initially in the first race, Shane Byrne managed to get the better of him at the start of the second lap.
While he attempted to come back at him mid-race, Crutchlow was forced to settle for second place in the race, a result he was nonetheless satisfied with.
“In the first race I had a bit of a go at Shakey at about mid-race distance and closed the gap but then made a few little mistakes, but kept second place. I was still the first Honda and four-cylinder home, which was nice. In the second race I just never had the grip that I had in the first.”
Getting a similarly good start in the second race, Crutchlow behind team-mate Leon Haslam in the early laps but would be caught and passed by Airwaves Ducati riders Shane Byrne and Leon Camier to finish an eventual fourth.
“We got a good start and I was sat behind Leon quite comfortably but as he started to up the pace and pull away I just had no answer to him and not as much grip from my rear tyre, which felt pretty worn-out straight away. With Tom's retirement we finally secured third in the championship, which isn't what I wanted at the start of the season, but I've shown I'm competitive and can win on a Superbike.
Now set to prepare for his World Supersport bow with Yamaha next season, Crutchlow thanked the Honda team for propelling him to third in the overall standings.
“I'm now off to the World Supersport championship where I want to do Britain proud. I'd like to thank HM Plant Honda, who are a great team, Honda UK and all my personal sponsors for their support.”