LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow said he was relatively pleased with his performance on Friday at Misano despite finishing tenth fastest overall after a spill in FP2.

Crutchlow lapped in 1m 33.785s as he finished narrowly ahead of fellow Briton Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda) and 0.9 seconds off the pace of Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, but remains confident he can 'significantly improve' his pace on Saturday.

"Honestly I was quite pleased with today; obviously 10th looks quite bad and my pace in the afternoon was not fast enough," said Crutchlow.

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"I crashed after three laps in the second session and I think we made mistake, not tactically, but I kept the front tyre from this morning's session just to save one.

"We thought there wasn't too much wear in it, which there wasn't, but I had a new rear tyre and I pushed too much and it just overloaded the front. It was not a massive crash but I made a small mistake," he added.

"I jumped on my spare bike, did some laps and came into the pits and went back out on the bike that I crashed, but the handlebar was bent because we never had time to change it.

"I came in again to put in a softer tyre but we never benefited too much from it and lap times-wise we never put in too many fast laps. I made a small mistake with the used front tyre and wrecked the whole session jumping from bike to bike.

"I'm confident we can go significantly faster tomorrow and be more consistent."

Crutchlow was ninth fastest in the morning session and tried the hard and medium compound Bridgestone tyres, revealing afterwards that the difference between both was not as great as he had anticipated.

"This morning I felt quite good and the difference between the hard and soft was not that much; I thought it would be a second but it's too or three tenths," he said.

"Vale did his fastest time on it, Marc [Marquez] did his fastest time on it but I don't think it's going to be the race tyre because Dani [Pedrosa] did the whole session on the soft and did his fastest lap on his last lap using the soft.

"The track is not anything like apparently what they had in the test. It's not in bad condition and I don't feel the bumps, but I don't see a massive difference in the grip but at the test they said the grip was phenomenal," said Crutchlow.

"On the average lap Honda are quite a significant way off what they were in the first time and I don't know what has happened since the first test."

Aragon is next up on the calendar after Misano an although the Spanish circuit has been a happy hunting ground for Honda in the past, Crutchlow isn't taking it for granted that the RC213V will give him an advantage this season.

"Maybe Aragon won't be what it has been in previous years [for Honda]. Everyone makes the comparison to last year's bike or the last two or three years, as in saying Honda goes great at this circuit and Yamaha goes great at that circuit," he said.

"But Honda has changed quite significantly I think this year and maybe not in the best direction because we have seen how difficult it has been for Marc and Dani.

"I like Aragon and I think it suits the bike from last year but we have to do a good job this weekend and try and keep that momentum going for Aragon because it's been quite a good circuit for me in the past."