“I knew I could go faster and pull away and once I opened up a comfortable gap, I just stayed relaxed and consistent because I wasn't going to catch Jorge [Lorenzo].
“Another podium is a great result and we've backed up the third in Brno. It's great too because it is my birthday tomorrow and this is a good way to kick off the celebrations.”
Crutchlow also revelled in the moment at Phillip Island as the ecstatic home crowd saluted Casey Stoner, who won his sixth consecutive race at the spectacular circuit.
“It was a big thrill to be on the podium here with Casey winning. The fans gave him a great reception and I'm glad I could be part of it,” he said.
“I want to say big congratulations to Yamaha and Jorge too for winning the World Championship.
“They have done an amazing job and they both deserve this success.”