Cal Crutchlow is looking ahead to the next round of the MotoGP World Championship at Assen with 'high hopes' as he aims to put a run of poor results behind him.

The CWM Honda rider was taken out on the opening lap at Catalunya by Aleix Espargaro and Crutchlow was denied the chance to gain some track time at the post-race test the following day after a bout of food poisoning and heavy rain restricted his time on the RC213V to a handful of laps.

Crutchlow, though, remains confident he has the best pace of the satellite riders and is now aiming to make amends at the Dutch TT on June 27.

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"We had some things to test, not new parts, but some settings we wanted to try. I didn't feel well either after picking up food poisoning, so in the end I only really completed four full laps," Crutchlow said.

"We need to keep working hard because we come off the back of a bad run of results, two of which haven't been our fault. Our pace is the best of the satellite bikes without a shadow of a doubt, and we're also close to the factory Honda guys so we can go to Assen with high hopes.

"We're really disappointed with the weather situation, we knew there was a possibility of some rain, but it was like you needed Noah's Ark out there."


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The problems of Cal Crutchlow is the nut in the middle.
Comments about he has already had three bikes without any major victories he needs to move. I would like to mention a certain Spaniard riding with the number 26 who was brought to MotoGP as the first Spaniard after Alex Criville to win the crown and after 8 years on the same bike it's time to move. There are riders who should get a chance of that bike A Espargaro or a certain Stefan Bradl who was ditched in my opinion in the wrong way. Bradl would have been better than Crutchlow.