Cal Crutchlow believes anyone focusing on being the top Brit in this year's MotoGP World Championship has the wrong target.
Crutchlow and countryman Scott Redding are both on Honda RC213V machinery this season and, as a result, Redding recently stated that his first aim is to beat Crutchlow.
Bradley Smith will also be riding satellite machinery, at Tech 3 Yamaha, meaning the British trio should be evenly matched.
“If they are focussing on being top Brit they are focusing on the wrong thing,” Crutchlow told reporters, including Crash.net
, at last night's CWM LCR Honda team launch in London.
“Top Brit means nothing. Absolutely nothing. I could have said I was the fastest Brit when I was beating them at the end of last year... They need to look at the people winning races and leading the championship.”
Nevertheless Crutchlow wished his countrymen the best for the year ahead.
“I'm looking forward to this season and I hope the Brits all do well because they deserve it. Bradley works harder than a lot of the other riders and Scott is going to have a great career in MotoGP.”
The 29-year-old, who has seven MotoGP podiums and two pole positions to his credit, will be back on track alongside all his 2015 rivals at next week's second Sepang test.
“The Honda is a great machine. They've been competitive every single year. There is no reason why I can't be competitive but it obviously takes time to adjust," he said.
“It's a strange bike because the harder you push it and harder you ride it, the faster you go. A lot of manufacturers the smoother you ride the faster you go. It takes time to get your head around that.
"We'll take the next test steady and look to build-up towards Qatar.”