Cal Crutchlow is unlikely to hang any pictures of the 2014 Silverstone MotoGP on his wall.

But at least his first and last home event as a Factory Ducati rider saw the beleaguered Briton escape without injury, raise his race pace and receive a welcome boost from the fans despite a twelfth place finish.

"Today I finished the race, but obviously the result is disappointing," said Crutchlow, injured during his three previous home grands prix as a Tech 3 Yamaha rider. "But I was pleasantly surprised with the lap times in the race. We were quite consistent and faster than most of practice.

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"The bike was working quite well but we had a problem with the rear tyre after ten laps and it was completely destroyed by the end of the race. As we know I need rear grip to turn the bike, because I don't have the bike set-up on the nose.

"The best thing was we took a massive gamble on the grid and decided to go for a hard front tyre. I hadn't done a lap on it all weekend. I was very cautious in the first five laps with it because I was quite scared to be honest because every time I've been here I've locked the front with a cold or too hard tyre and ended up in the Medical Centre.

"I was happy enough to finish. Twelfth is not what I wanted but we got some information for the team and look forward to Misano. At least we've had some time riding there [in a private test]."

Crutchlow had been left a miserable 16th in qualifying and his race prospects took a further dive when arthritis in his shoulder flared up overnight.

"Yesterday was the slowest I've been around here in a long time - last year I qualified on the front row - and I'd had my arse handed to me by my team-mate, so of course I wasn't going to be too happy. But that's racing," he said.

"Then after warm-up I was struggling with the shoulder again, I believe due to the cold weather overnight, so things seemed to be getting worse and worse. But in the race I only had some pain in the last two laps."

All of which made the support received from the fans even more welcome.

"The reception I got on the slowdown lap after the race, I don't think it mattered where I'd finished," he said. "Obviously I wanted to do a good result, as much as they wanted me to have a good result. But it's nice to feel that [support] because at the moment if they'd all turned around and booed me I'd be in a worse place than I am now.

"I got a great reception. No doubt about that. Hopefully next year we can come back and give them something to really cheer about."

Crutchlow is moving to LCR Honda at the end of the season.


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Last of the Ducati's again.
Beaten by Hernandez on a 2013 satellite bike.
43 seconds behind the winner.
24 seconds behind his team-mate (Dovi)

'Disappointed' is hardly an adequate description for that 'performance'.