Cal Crutchlow's Saturday Silverstone jinx struck yet again as the Tech 3 Yamaha rider crashed twice in morning practice - the first at 185mph - before battling back to seal a gutsy British MotoGP front row start.

Crutchlow suffered two heavy spills in the morning in FP3, sustaining painful abrasions to his right arm as he maintained his unwanted record of premier class gravel trap excursions at his home race.

However, the 27-year-old from Coventry regrouped to place his satellite YZR-M1 on the front row behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo on the Factory Yamaha in a thrilling Q2.

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Crutchlow, whose best lap of 2m 01.425 seconds was 0.734s behind the record pace of Marquez, is striving to become the first British rider since Jeremy McWilliams in 2000 to scale the premier class rostrum at the British GP.

"Well that was just a normal Saturday for me at Silverstone!" joked Crutchlow afterwards. "After what happened in 2011 and 2012, the last thing I needed was a crash, so to have two made it even worse.

"Both were very fast crashes and I am thankful not to have been injured, though my right arm is covered in abrasions and is quite painful because of the swelling. We've had to put over two centimetres in my leathers just to get my arm in.

"After the accident Herve came to my motorhome, saw my arm and said I shouldn't ride. I said 'well you haven't told me not to ride, so I'm going to ride'. Then he said 'well you've got to go and get pole!' So I got third and he wasn't happy! But seriously, Herve knows me, the way I ride and that I won't give up. It's just the way it goes. The team care more about me than damage to the bikes.

"The first crash was my fault because the front tyre was too cold," he added. "And in the second one, with my arm hurting, I just couldn't hold on when the bike starting moving around on the brakes."

Given the adversity Crutchlow faced this afternoon, the Ducati-bound racer was ultimately satisfied with the end result, even though he concedes it will be an uphill battle to bridge the gap to Marquez and Lorenzo.

"I've got to say a massive thanks to my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team because they put in an amazing effort to at least get me out this afternoon.

"After all that happened this morning it feels great to be on the front row, but the gap to Marc and Jorge is pretty big and it will be tough to beat them tomorrow. But I'll give it a go, you never know what's going to happen," said Crutchlow.

"It'll also be difficult to beat Dani, because I've seen his pace, and it'll be difficult to beat Bradl - he for some reason has decided to step it up. Vale and Bautista will be there as well and Bradley could spring a surprise as well, he's riding very well this weekend.

"I'll be giving it my all though because the support from the British crowd today really spurred me on. They've really got behind me and it was a good feeling to bounce back from the crashes to get a front row."

With his Saturday schedule upset by the accidents, a decision was made to run the older fuel tank and seat unit: "I'll be using the old fuel tank, but we haven't got many of them left," he smiled.