By Stephen English

With his MotoGP future still not confirmed, Cal Crutchlow insists he is in no rush to sign a 2014 contract and doubts it will happen before Indianapolis.

Seventh in Sunday's US Grand Prix cost Crutchlow fourth place in the world championship to Valentino Rossi, but the Tech 3 Yamaha star remains 32 points clear of next-best satellite rider Stefan Bradl.

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"I don't think this result and this weekend changes anything with regards to my future," said Crutchlow in California. "It's clear I've been fast all year and we've put up a strong challenge.

"We've had one bad race and I don't think it changes anything.

"I won't make a fast decision and in my eyes I won't make a decision by Indy. I need time and am speaking to five teams, and not just in this championship, so we'll see what happens."

Crutchlow had led opening practice at Laguna Seca. That ultimately proved a false dawn, but it is a sign of his progress in the last year that finishing seventh marks a disappointing result.

"We had a bad weekend and I've got no excuses," said Crutchlow. "I never found a good setting with the bike all weekend and in the race I had to just get to the finish. It was one of them races where in the past I mightn't have finished and at least I got some points.

"I've dropped to fifth in the championship, had my worst qualifying but I still finished within 15 seconds of the winner. In some other races it might have been a fourth place finish but it was a difficult race for Yamaha and Valentino and Jorge did a better job. I had to finish and I finished seventh."

Crutchlow's 2014 options appear to include Tech 3 Yamaha, Honda LCR and the factory Ducati team.