Second fastest behind eventual winner Marc Marquez in three of the track sessions over the Austin MotoGP weekend, including warm-up, Cal Crutchlow expected much better than seventh in the race.

The Englishman, given a chassis upgrade by Honda this weekend, began the race fifth on the grid, but slipped to eighth on the opening lap after being held up by the Espargaro-Redding collision.

Crutchlow gained one place by passing Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro at the middle stages but crossed the finish line six-seconds from top satellite rider Bradley Smith.

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"I'm really, really disappointed. I believe I should have been able to battle at the front but I never had a good feeling with the bike," Crutchlow said.

"I got a really bad start, ran really wide and was at the back of the group then got caught up in the crash with Redding and Espargaro. Me and Iannone lost four seconds, then as we know it's difficult to come back across that gap.

"The whole CWM LCR Honda team needs to regroup now and come back to the next race stronger as we were too far behind the winner today. We need to discuss a plan for Argentina which is a track I have never raced at before, but I am looking forward to it."

Crutchlow missed the inaugural MotoGP event at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit due to a fractured hand at Austin last season.