Ducati's Cal Crutchlow believes he was denied a sure-fire top six finish at Sepang after a technical issued brought his race to a premature end.

Crutchlow was holding sixth place on lap four when his Desmosedici came to a halt and the British rider was left bitterly disappointed as his bad luck at the flyaway rounds continued.

"A wire got cut because it went into a moving part of the bike and then the bike shut down immediately and it was impossible to restart the bike," he said.

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"It was a complete electronic failure because of the snapped wire and that was it. I'm really disappointed because I had really good pace and pace to be fourth today - not a problem, without a shadow of a doubt.

"But we never made it to the flag and that's what counts. I did 22 laps on a used tyre this morning and did a 2m 02.6s lap at the end and towards the end of the race the guys battling for fourth were doing 2m 03.7s and 2m 03.5s laps, so they weren't that fast and I'm disappointed for that because I believe we could have made a good job," Crutchlow added.

"It was just a stupid thing and I don't believe it was even a one Euro part and it caused the bike to break."

Crutchlow, though, is taking some solace in his performances on the Ducati after an especially frustrating period in the middle of the season.

"The team did a great job because I felt strong on the bike and we were a lot more consistent, qualifying was rubbish but we know the reason for that," he said.

"We weren't competitive for the podium but we would've been in the top five or six, even if Pedrosa finished. I'm more pleased that my pace is back and I'm riding the motorcycle much better than I was in the middle of the season."


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Sh1t happens.
An error by a mechanic, not properly securing a wire and something as simple as that ends Cal's race.
Forget the conspiracy theories - it was human error.
Ducati will analyse who did what and it won't happen again.
Considering the complexity of these bikes and all the electronics on them, it's surprising that they are as reliable as they are.