By Stephen English

After a race-long battle, Stefan Bradl overtook Cal Crutchlow on the final lap to seal fifth in Sunday's San Marino MotoGP.

Having struggled with a lack of front-end grip all weekend, the German was much happier with his LCR Honda during the race.

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"The front was feeling better because we made big changes to the bike," said Bradl. "We removed some weight on the front and I was pretty confident in the race but this isn't an easy track for the front so we made the best out of it on Sunday and I'm really happy to have a good result after a tough weekend."

The battle with Crutchlow lasted the entire 28 lap distance and afterwards Bradl was clearly delighted to have come out ahead of his rival:

"It was a nice race because all the race I was basically behind Cal's wheel and I was able to study him for a long time and then prepare the move for the last lap. It wasn't easy because he was really strong for the whole race but I could see an advantage for me in braking so I tried my move and it was really close! Cal took the inside and almost came back but I managed to pass him in a great way so I'm really happy with that."

When asked for his thoughts on the fight, Crutchlow admitted that there was little he could do to stop Bradl when the Honda rider made his move:

"It was a tough race to see '+0' for 28 laps and have a guy sitting behind you waiting to pass you on the last lap," said Crutchlow. "I knew where he was faster than me, I could hear his bike, but I'm happy with the race but unhappy to get invaded by the Germans on the last lap!

"The Honda is always stronger under braking than the Yamaha and Bradl just bided his time and after sitting behind me he could just figure out where to pass."

Crutchlow and Bradl, the leading satellite riders in the world championship, are separated by 22 points in favour of Crutchlow with five rounds to go.