Cal Crutchlow feels he had the pace to challenge for pole position at Mugello after a costly crash forced him to set his best time on a 27-lap-old front tyre.

The British rider has shown impressive pace over a single lap this season, but while he was up to second position at the half-way stage of the qualifying session, a fall at the Correntaio bend with just over ten minutes remaining would lose him crucial time, as well as his last new front tyre.

Making it back out on track in the dying minutes, Crutchlow would proceed to impress by out-qualifying Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and factory Yamaha counterpart Ben Spies in sixth position, despite being forced to ride with a front tyre that had already completed 27 laps.

With this in mind, Crutchlow feels he had the pace to at least get onto the front row and possibly challenge for pole position.

"I'm a little bit disappointed because I made a silly mistake pushing too hard too soon on a brand new front tyre. Maybe it hadn't reached optimum working temperature but it was a stupid mistake and it cost me at least the front row.

"I'm confident I could have battled for pole but I only had one new front tyre for qualifying and I crashed on it immediately. The small technical problem yesterday meant I couldn't get the bike back to the pits, so I had go out on the spare machine on completely new rubber.

"After the crash today all I had was an old front tyre and I did my fastest lap with 27-laps on it. I just couldn't push at all on the front and it definitely cost me the front row. I used the new rear tyre as best as I could but I'm sure I could have fought for pole.

"I'm looking forward to the race and will be aiming for the top five. Looking at Lorenzo's pace it will be hard to fight with him but I'm definitely looking at scoring some good points for the Championship."