After wrecking an M1 early in the Catalunya test, a sore Cal Crutchlow was able to give a proper evaluation of the latest Yamaha electronics and engine on his way to third place in Wednesday's Aragon test.
The Tech 3 rider completed 67-laps and joined his fellow Yamaha riders in giving a favourable verdict of the new electronics package, which Crutchlow felt provided smoother mid-corner power delivery.
The engine has received mixed reviews, but Crutchlow said to be 'was satisfied with improved acceleration performance'.
The Englishman, who will race in front of his home fans at Silverstone next weekend, logged a best time of 1m 49.687s to finish third fastest behind factory Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies.
“Today was really important for me because I was unable to make a proper judgement on the new parts after the early crash in Catalunya,” said Crutchlow.
“To be honest I'm happy to have completed the test and put a lot of laps in because after the big crash I am not in the best physical condition. My ribs are hurting and if I cough it is really painful, so leaving here with a positive test gives me good confidence to take to my home race in Silverstone.
“We were worried the track might be a little dirty here but the grip level wasn't too bad and it meant we could get a lot of important data. I liked the new electronics and engine, so it was a positive day and I could have gone a bit faster but I made a couple of mistakes on one of my best laps at the end on new tyres.
“We spent a lot of time working on the set-up of the chassis today too because I'd like the bike to turn better. Yamaha is doing a great job though and the bike is working well at all tracks, so I am sure when I return for the race I will be challenging for a strong result."
Crutchlow's best lap was exactly half-a-second from Lorenzo and 0.2s quicker than team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.