British star Cal Crutchlow admitted he didn't have the pace to challenge for a top six finish in the US MotoGP round at Laguna Seca.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider finished seventh behind injured title contenders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo to register his worst result of the season so far.

And Crutchlow wasn't making any excuses as he gave a frank assessment of his performance following the race.

"That was a difficult end to a very difficult weekend and in all honesty I never got comfortable with the bike at any stage here," he said.

"It is my worst result of the season so far and I can't be happy because I gave up some valuable points in the championship.

"Maybe last year in the same situation I would have pushed and not finished, so that is one positive we can take from what was a tough weekend and it certainly isn't how I wanted to go into the summer break."

Crutchlow felt he was riding to his maximum level from the beginning of the 32-lap race but had no complaints over his final position.

"Right from the start of the race I was on the limit and couldn't go any faster. I got beat fair and square and the three on the podium definitely deserved it.

"I tried my best and didn't give up but sometimes you have to accept you can't do any better," added Crutchlow, who was bidding to emulate British legend Barry Sheene by scoring a third consecutive premier class victory.

"It has been a pretty hectic month so now I am looking forward to getting some rest and I will be back even more motivated in Indianapolis."


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