LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow put a late fall behind him on Wednesday to finish the Valencia MotoGP test as the leading satellite rider in sixth place overall.
Crutchlow came off at turn 1 as the test was nearing a conclusion on Wednesday afternoon but soon afterwards the British rider established his fastest lap in 1m 31.494s as he finished four tenths off the fastest time, which was set by Marc Marquez on the factory Repsol Honda at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
Using the new Michelin tyres and 2016 standard electronics package, Crutchlow said he managed his personal best lap using a chassis set-up that was 'not his preferred option'.
“We've done a good job overall, I was pleased with my pace and made one of my fastest laps with nearly 25 laps on the tyres. This is a positive situation to be in,” Crutchlow said.
“We had a small crash in turn one using a new Michelin tyre that nobody else had used all day and unfortunately I slid out on my first flying lap of the run. Obviously I was disappointed to crash, but there have been many similar over these two days with the front tyre.
“We went back out after that though and I was able to push a bit and set my best lap on a chassis that was not my preferred option and with an engine with lots of mileage on it,” he added.
“So there were positives and we'll speak to Honda about how to improve the feeling of things for next year.”
Crutchlow is looking forward to the chance to have some time off prior to the winter tests at Sepang in Malaysia next February and will return to his adopted home on the Isle of Man.
“I think we had a good test here and it's great to be fast immediately with the Michelin tyres,” he said.
“I'm going to be staying in the Isle of Man for a while now, and I look forward to getting back training, but before that I'm going to have a couple of weeks off because I think we deserve it.”