By Stephen English

Having set the Friday morning practice pace at the US MotoGP, Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow was only fifth fastest in FP2 after struggling with set-up issues in the afternoon.

Having made set-up changes before the 45 minute session, the team elected not to make further changes during FP2.

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It was a decision that clearly irked Crutchlow afterwards, but he is still confident that they now understand where to improve.

"We didn't change anything during the afternoon so we rode around for the whole session with the same problem," said the Englishman. "I think we missed an opportunity to change something but we know the way we want to go tomorrow.

"I need to improve in one sector myself and another where hopefully me and the bike need to improve. We need to improve in S1 and S3 and we'll try some things with the bike tomorrow."

Numerous MotoGP riders have complained about the Bridgestone tyres today and Crutchlow said that the matter will once again be tabled at the Safety Commission meeting.

Speaking about the problems, Crutchlow said: "It's funny that we're using the same tyre as last year but we can't run it now. Every rider on the grid last year used this tyre and only one rider used it today and it was a complete disaster.

"I don't understand this because they didn't change the layout of the track but it's been the same every race this year."

Crutchlow has taken four podiums from the past five races, including a close second place last Sunday in Germany. Crutchlow's rookie team-mate Bradley Smith was tenth fastest.