Cal Crutchlow starts his final two races for Ducati with 'good confidence', despite the torment of falling less than a lap away from securing second place in the Australian MotoGP.

The Englishman was the last of several high-prolife riders - including race leader Marc Marquez - to be caught out by cold and windy conditions at Phillip Island, which proved especially treacherous for those on the soft (rather than extra-soft) front tyre.

While Crutchlow's Australian efforts went unrewarded, he has been building late-season momentum on the Desmosedici, starting with a podium at Aragon. And a lack of temperature certainly won't be a worry in the tropical heat of Sepang.

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"Sepang is a completely different track to the last one, and obviously there's more chance of us having heat issues with the tyres and not cold issues!" Crutchlow said.

"After the Phillip Island race, when I made a mistake on the last lap while heading for second, I was obviously very disappointed, but now I want to try and get a good result in Malaysia.

"I have good confidence now with the GP14 and hopefully we can push a lot harder in these last two races."

Crutchlow, moving to LCR Honda next year, has a best race finish of sixth at Sepang.

Crutchlow's Phillip Island exit promoted team-mate Andrea Dovizioso to fourth in the race and, with Aleix Espargaro also failing to finish, the Italian is now all but guaranteed fifth in the world championship.

"We go to Malaysia very happy with the fourth place from Phillip Island and confident of getting another good result," said Dovizioso, who set an impressive pace in pre-season testing at Sepang.

"Obviously the Sepang circuit is completely different to Phillip Island and even though we were able to lap the track on two occasions during the winter tests, the times set in February do not have much bearing at this point of the season.

"Sepang is a circuit that I enjoy a lot and I think it will be more suitable for our Desmosedici."

Dovizioso and 2015 factory team-mate Andrea Iannone are using the GP14.2, with Crutchlow on the original GP14 he first used at Sepang in pre-season testing.


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I may have missed it, by why the sudden ( very welcome) improvement, if still on old bike.

Cal seems to finally have his head in the right place & the improvement has been obvious.
Will he be regretting his decision to leave Ducati now though? If he can do this on the GP14, where would he have been on the 14.2? And how much better will the GP15 be?