Cal Crutchlow is hoping to learn more about his Honda RC213V in the middle of Sunday's Spanish MotoGP race as he seeks to improve his consistency over race distance.

The Englishman stood on the premier class podium after a dry race for the first time since July, 2013 in Argentina last time out. It was, he said better than expected considering his lack of experience at the Rio de Termas Hondo circuit.

"Honestly I was quite happy with Argentina," he said. "Obviously I didn't race there last year because of a broken hand. Sure I knew the circuit and we tested in 2013 but apart from that we went there with an open mind and you saw the result we came out with. Sure we got lucky, Marc crashed and I got on the podium, but you have to be there.

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I felt we had a better race than we expected and we are able to fight more than in the previous races. So hopefully we can continue in that way, because we know we've got the speed in certain aspects. It's just we need to improve in the middle part of the race. Once we get that, getting away with the guys at the front is half the battle. We did that quite well in Argentina and it put us in a good position at the end of the race."

Crutchlow was one of six riders present at the pre-race press conference on Thursday and admitted he was happy to be back in Europe after a 'strange' opening to 2015.

"It's been three strange races in the CWM LCR Honda team. We had a not too bad Qatar, a bad Texas and a really good Argentina. So it's nice to come back to Europe finally and get into a good routine of one weekend, one weekend off. I'm looking forward to them. I think it suits me a little bit better.

I enjoy being in Europe more than traveling. I think we can definitely do a good job again and hopefully improve our package and speed again. Because we definitely need to improve and learn to ride the bike a little bit better, especially in a few different stages of the race. So I'm looking forward to hopefully learning that this weekend and having a good race here."