Cal Crutchlow failed to break into the top six for the first time in MotoGP qualifying this season at Aragon after 'small mistakes' hampered the Yamaha Tech 3 rider's flying laps.

Crutchlow will start tomorrow's race at the Spanish circuit from seventh on the grid on his satellite YZR-M1, one position ahead of rookie team-mate Bradley Smith.

The Coventry man's fastest lap in Q2 of 1m 48.653s was still the fastest lap of those riders who did not participate in a test at Aragon in June.

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Crutchlow had previously qualified inside the top five at the 13 previous rounds this season and said he was disappointed to lose his 'proud' record.

"That was the worst qualifying so far this year but it was completely my fault," said the Tech3 rider. "I made a mistake on every single lap. We need to improve our pace for sure and I think without mistakes I could have been as fast as the leaders.

"I'd outbrake myself in sector one and try and make up for it in sector two and outbrake myself again, and then do it in sector three...the laps just never came together for me. It was unusual for me because I can usually put a lap together when I have to but today it seems like I did in FP4 but not in qualifying.

"I was pushing too hard and I scrapped my first fast lap because I felt that I didn't have enough heat in the rear tyre. The second lap I ran wide at the first corner but still did a half decent lap time so when I came back out on my second run I had two laps and I made a mistake in both.

"That is the reason why I am only seventh on the grid, which is a bit disappointing because I was proud of the fact that I'd qualified in the top five in every race before this weekend," added the 27-year-old.

Crutchlow also felt that using the softer compound front tyre had been a mistake, even though Rossi and Lorenzo on the factory Yamahas were able to make it work.

"In qualifying I choose the wrong bike and had the wrong front tyre for my riding style. I saw that Valentino and Lorenzo used the soft as well but for their bike setting it worked quite well but for my style it wouldn't work."

When asked where he felt the team were struggling most this weekend, Crutchlow replied:

"We're losing a lot in straight line speed and I've never known a difference like it in my life. Even to Bradley we're losing 8km/h so we're losing three tenths in one straight to Jorge. Our bike is at full power and we can't go any faster.

"We'll change engines tonight and go to our fifth [and final] engine and all Yamahas will do the same. It will be our fifth engine but Honda are only on their third engines and have a rocket ship and decent fuel.

"Yamaha know that they need to change it and find more power and the seamless gearbox seems to be helping that."

Crutchlow's quickest lap was 0.849s off the pole time set by Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and 0.201s ahead of Smith in eighth.

Stefan Bradl, Crutchlow's nearest threat for top satelitte honours this season, will start from fifth position. Crutchlow, fifth in the world championship, currently has a 22-point advantage over the LCR Honda rider.