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.
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.