Cal Crutchlow was left to rue the error that cost him a potential first MotoGP World Championship podium, though the Briton contends that he would rather achieve the landmark by merit rather than fortune anyway

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was embroiled in a race-long tussle with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and factory Yamaha counterpart Ben Spies throughout the German Grand Prix, but while Crutchlow appeared to have better pace than his Italian counterpart, he couldn't find a way through around the tight Sachsenring circuit.

The pressure eventually told five laps from the finish when Crutchlow out-braked himself into the first turn, dropping him to the back of a busy chasing group.

Fighting his way through to eighth, though Crutchlow was naturally disappointed to see a better result go to waste, he admits he wouldn't want a potential first podium be defined by who crashed ahead of him.

"I'm pretty disappointed to be honest and I think we definitely deserved better," he said. "My mistake was not passing Andrea earlier because I had the pace to be with Lorenzo.

"I was just waiting behind Andrea for the last five laps to size up an attack but unfortunately I ran off at the first corner. It was my mistake but I got back on track and was just as fast and recovered a couple of places, so it wasn't too bad in the end.

"I'm not sure why but Andrea's bike seemed to accelerate better than mine and he had more speed on the straight. I would catch him in the corners but lose a couple of tenths on the straight.

"I'm sure I could have been fourth because the podium would have been a gift. I wouldn't have wanted my first podium in MotoGP to come just because another rider crashed out.

"Once again though I have showed what I am capable of. Last year here was a disaster and I was 14th, but today I was fighting two seriously fast riders and I had the pace to beat them.

"I got the third fastest lap of the race too so we definitely have the speed to battling in the top five at every race."

Crutchlow now trails Dovizioso by seven points in the battle for fourth and top satellite rider in the 2012 championship.