Cal Crutchlow says he can go into the MotoGP
off-season in a 'positive frame of mind' after shrugging off a minor hand injury to set the second fastest time during testing at Valencia.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider joined new team-mate Bradley Smith in sitting out the first day of testing action, but completed 28 laps on the second day, achieving a best lap of 1min 32.671secs.
Keen to end his year on a high note after hurting his hand in a crash during Sunday's race, Crutchlow is looking forward to the upcoming break before resuming 2013 testing next February.
“It was good to finally get out on track after a frustrating first day. I thought today was going to be the same but the track finally dried and I could go out. I only did 28-laps but I was able to gather some information for Yamaha on a couple of set-up options and it was nice just to get back out and do some good laps.
“I didn't want my last memory of 2012 to be crashing out of second in the race on Sunday, so now I can go into the winter in a positive frame of mind.
“I'm happy too because I could check my left hand that I injured in the race. I have a small fracture on an old injury but it didn't feel too bad. Now I am looking forward to a good winter break, training hard and being ready to see what Yamaha brings out for 2013 in Sepang next February."