Cal Crutchlow believes the 2012 German Grand Prix could prove 'tricky' regardless of whether it is wet or dry, but is optimistic of another top five finish from the front of the second row.

The British rider, who is still nursing an ankle injury picked up during the British Grand Prix, got amidst an intense battle for pole position in the latter stages of a wet qualifying session, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider briefly holding the top spot as conditions improved in the closing minutes.

Eventually the Tech 3 Yamaha man would be bumped off the provisional front row to fourth place, though his efforts were still good enough to resist factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo.

Delighted to be as quick in the wet as he is in the dry, Crutchlow nonetheless concedes the lack of dry track time or the prospect of a slippery circuit means Sunday's race could be difficult either way.

"That was a really tough session because the rain was coming down really hard at times and it was easy to get caught out and make a mistake. Considering how bad the conditions were I am really happy to be so close to the front row.

"I was very close to being on the front row again but to head the second row is a good result and I am looking forward to the race. I've shown good pace in the wet and dry all weekend but the problem is we haven't had enough track time in each to get a good set-up with the bike.

"We improved in the rain today and my Yamaha Tech 3 crew put another great bike underneath me. If the rain is the same tomorrow it will be a very tricky race and a real test of concentration.

"It won't be any easier in the dry either considering the lack of dry track time. I'll be giving it my best as always and hopefully I'll be battling inside the top five again."


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