Cal Crutchlow arrives for this weekend's Austrian MotoGP on a high in both his professional and personal life.

The Englishman went into the summer break having claimed LCR Honda's first podium of the season at Sachsenring, then became a father for the first time with the birth of daughter Willow.

"Just over a week ago Lucy gave birth to our daughter Willow. It was the best experience of my life and best day of my life so far," he said at the Red Bull Ring on Thursday. "It was an important moment for us and so nice that I was at home in the summer break.

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"I think in the last races we've built quite strongly. LCR is doing a good job and Honda is working hard. I was disappointed at Assen because I crashed out of what I felt was a potentially good result, but we made up for it at the Sachsenring.

"I think this weekend will be more difficult, but that doesn't stop us trying and giving 100%."

Unlike Repsol Honda, the satellite LCR and Marc VDS teams attended the recent private test. Crutchlow was the fastest RC213V, but that only put him eleventh on the Ducati dominated timesheets.

"I did over 200 laps here during the test, mainly so I could get home earlier just in case! But we did a good test here and we were pleased, because we know it's going to be tough for the Hondas at this track," he said.

"I think we found a decent enough setting and we worked in the areas that we needed to; playing a lot with the electronics for the acceleration of the bike. We also know that in the braking zone we are strong so hopefully we can take benefit from that and have a good 28 lap race on Sunday.

"It's a horsepower track, yes, but we know where we can improve from the test. And having watched videos of the other guys, it's not just down the straights. There is some more work we can do in the corners to be closer to the front."