Ducati's Cal Crutchlow felt he had the pace to challenge for the front two rows during final qualifying at Valencia, but said increasingly windy conditions wrecked his hopes.

The British rider, having his final race on the Ducati this weekend as the season reaches a conclusion, qualified on row three of the grid in eighth place but feels he could have been in the top six.

"Obviously today wasn't the best and I felt we could've gone quicker; we should've been on the front or second row. I think that me and Andrea [Dovizioso] both struggled with the same problem, we struggled with the wind and it was a lot different than in FP4," Crutchlow said.

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"I had some really bad feeling with the rear tyre, some bad vibrations, and I wasn't able to improve the lap time like I would have liked.

"To be eighth is not so bad because it's the third row of the grid but I'm just disappointed with how far off the front we were because I believe with a good feeling with the rear tyre we would've been able to compete for the front two rows."

Crutchlow, set to join LCR Honda for 2015, says an exciting race is in prospect at the Spanish circuit, with the top ten riders covered by six tenths of a second.

"It seems that everyone has quite a similar race pace so you could see quite a battle; I'd say there's three or four guys who have a bit better pace but it's such a short circuit and everyone is braking at the limit and making the lap time all in different places," he said.

"I think tomorrow you will see quite a good race because everyone is so close and the key is to preserve the rear tyre and it will be difficult with 27 laps."

Crutchlow's fastest lap of 1m 31.359s was 0.516s off the top time set by Valentino Rossi as he finished 0.067s ahead of team-mate Dovizioso.