By Neil Morrison

Cal Crutchlow suffered his worst Saturday performance of the 2013 MotoGP season by qualifying eleventh at a wet Motegi for the penultimate round of the world championship.

The Englishman struggled to make an impact on the top ten throughout Saturday's single qualifying session and when conditions improved an issue with his front tyre forced him off-track three times in two laps.

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Crutchlow managed to score his joint best result of 2013 in the season's only wet weather race at Le Mans when he placed second. Yet there was to be no such joy in Japan as he prepares to start from his worst grid position since the British Grand Prix in 2012.

Speaking soon after the session finished a disappointed Crutchlow said he and his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team were 'angry' after a 'complete disaster' and expects a difficult race on Sunday.

"I am normally really strong in qualifying, so to be outside of the top ten for the first time this season is obviously not where I expected to be," began Crutchlow. "I was confident I could be in the top six because I am usually very fast in the wet and I was second in the rain at Le Mans earlier in the season.

"But on my last front tyre when the track was drying out, I couldn't stop the bike for some reason. I pushed hard to improve but three times in the last two laps I ran off into the gravel and it is a shame because on one lap I was going to make a big improvement and gain a few places.

"It was completely destroyed in one lap for no reason at all. It's a complete disaster and we're angry because we're so far down the grid and it's going to make it very hard for the first laps tomorrow.

"It is going to be a very tough race from eleventh on the grid but it looks like it could be a dry race, so hopefully it will be dry in the morning practice and we are not going into the race having never tried a dry set-up or slick tyres."