“Like in Silverstone I was right at the back but just decided to get my head down and recover as many places as possible,” he said.
“I had a really good battle with the Ducatis but I had a faster pace, although I had one big moment when I lost the front on lap eight and had to do all the hard work again.
“To be at the back and still come through to fifth is a fantastic result. But there is no doubt I should have been in the battle with Andrea [Dovizioso] and Ben [Spies],” added Crutchlow.
“With my ankle still causing me a lot of pain and coming from last to fifth, I can't be too disappointed and I leave here still fourth in the world championship and that is very important.”