Cal Crutchlow's single season as a Factory Ducati MotoGP rider will draw to a close at Valencia this weekend.

The Englishman joined Ducati on a high after finishing fifth overall, including four podiums, as the top satellite rider for the Yamaha Tech 3 team.

Like many before him, Crutchlow looked ill at ease on the Desmosedici for much of this year - prompting the mid-season announcement of a switch to LCR Honda for 2015.

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However Crutchlow - whose impending exit meant he remained on the standard GP14, rather than the GP14.2 of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac's Andrea Iannone - made a sudden step from Aragon onwards.

Crutchlow has taken one podium and one front row start in the past four events, and was within one lap of second place at Phillip Island. Crutchlow's new found form was also unrewarded when he fell early in the Japanese race, then suffered a technical problem last time at Sepang.

"I've been feeling a lot more confident on the bike now since Arag?n, we've really found my pace back, so we need to take these positives to Valencia," Crutchlow said.

"This will be my last GP with the Ducati Team so a big thanks to them for this season, I'm going to miss them. They worked hard all through the year and I will try my best in the last race to get a good result."

Crutchlow, who will make his RC213V debut in next week's post-race test, is currently 14th in the world championship, but within twelve points of twelfth place Scott Redding.


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