Cal Crutchlow was satisfied to have set his best ever lap of the Silverstone circuit but wasn't totally enamoured to be starting from the third row of the grid for Sunday's MotoGP race.

The Englishman was the third of the 'Factory' mounted British riders as he rode to the eighth fastest time in Q2, 0.2s off Bradley Smith in sixth.

Considering he finished Friday afternoon in 15th, Crutchlow was relieved to have ended the day further up the order and pointed towards issues in a number of the circuit's braking zones as an area in need of improvement.

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"It was a big improvement from yesterday," said Crutchlow. "I don't think I could have been any slower than yesterday so I'm quite pleased with the position. I did my fastest ever lap around here even though it was only good enough for eighth position. To get faster every year is good but the problem is there are seven faster guys in front of me. I look forward to tomorrow's race. We have some problems but I hope we can iron them out before tomorrow.

"We took a short bike in FP4 but I never really tested it because I had a problem in that session and had to pit immediately, which wasted six minutes. I never got the chance to test what I wanted to test so I had to gamble in qualifying. We had quite a short bike to see if we could get some more grip but we never altered it, hope for the best sort of thing. We were losing in a few areas to finish the corner off and in a few braking zones. I'm pleased.

"To be on the third row is not what I want but I'm happy enough with it. The lap time I did was faster than the time when I qualified on the front row here. It shows everyone is improving and getting better. I think we're in for a good race in the second battle tomorrow. I think the front is finished. Maybe between two of them it'll be like last year, when they started smashing each other. After that I think there are a couple that are a touch faster but then there are a couple on one lap time. It should be good fun."

Asked how he felt he was riding at his home grand prix, a venue which has brought misfortune in the past two years to the 29-year old, Crutchlow said, "average."

"Average. Normal Silverstone. A lot better than last year. Dovi was up there in every practice last year as was Iannone. Dovi was up there in the race and I was nowhere. I think in qualifying I did a 2m 4s. this year I did a 2m 1.3s. It's just the other guys are going fast again. Average result but I'm working a lot better than last year."