It wasn't only Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Hiroshi Aoyama that were given a new swing-arm to try at Monday's official MotoGP test at Jerez.

HRC also requested feedback from LCR's Cal Crutchlow, who finished the day as the fastest Honda rider, behind only Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

"We tested a lot today - we had a few things to go through," said Crutchlow. "We need to improve the rear grip and the floating feeling in the middle of the corner, the locking in the braking. That's all grip related and we could have done with it roasting hot today to be honest, but overall I'm happy.

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"Marc's also had the rear grip problems, so we both tested a new swing-arm and took some positives from that. It was good for Honda that they got some information from another rider that's competitive, and it's nice for me to be able to do that test for them."

The Englishman, fourth in Sunday's race, completed 64 laps the best of which was 0.3s from race winner Lorenzo. Reigning champion Marquez only rode for 31 Monday laps due to his healing finger, while Dani Pedrosa is still absent after arm pump surgery.

"It was over 60 fast laps and I was happy with that," Crutchlow continued. "We went a lot faster than during the race yesterday, but that's always the case. We also went through some electronic settings because I pressed the wrong buttons in the race - not as bad as Iannone!

"We also had a shock and some forks to try from Ohlins. We need to do some setting work for them but they felt smoother over the bumps."

Crutchlow, who claimed a podium in Argentina, is sixth and the top satellite rider after four of 18 rounds.


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Cal is a moaner, period. At Yamaha "If I have a factory bike I can win races"
At Ducati where he had a factory bike he was moaning all the time, now at Honda after one podium finish ( If Marc hadn't crashed he wouldn't be on the podium ) he said "a special thank you for the people who wrote me off", sorry Cal but before people can write you off you had to be competitive and put in results week after week, Rossi was written off. DNF's don't count as being consistent!