British rider Cal Crutchlow was left to reflect on a miserable weekend at the Malaysian MotoGP after a crash at rain-lashed Sepang cost him vital points in his quest to finish fifth in the championship.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider had been making smooth progress through the field as he climbed from 10th position to fifth, passing Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl before going down at the final corner on lap 11.
The 26-year-old suspects he may have lost the front end of his M1 as a result of standing water on the track.
“It has been a pretty disappointing weekend to be honest and another DNF has really hurt my chances of finishing fifth in the championship because Valentino [Rossi] and Alvaro [Bautista] were behind me in the race,” he said.
“When I crashed the rain had really started to fall heavily and I was braking upright. I must have hit some standing water but I was down with no chance to save it.
“We struggled all weekend to find a good set-up in the dry and I had no rear grip,” added Crutchlow, who is already looking forward to the next race at Phillip Island in Australia as he bids to improve on his current position of seventh in the standings.
“Unfortunately it was the same in the rain and we need to understand why for the future.
“I had to make up all my time on the brakes and I was pushing and got caught out.
“Phillip Island is a track I love, so hopefully I can put the disappointment of here and Japan behind me to finish the season strong.”