Cal Crutchlow was one of five riders to receive a jump start penalty in Sunday's Austrian MotoGP.

Given that the Englishman was the highest qualified of the jump starters, in seventh, it is assumed the others - Hector Barbera 10th, Yonny Hernandez 16th, Alvaro Bautista 19th and Stefan Bradl, 21st - wrongly reacted to his movement.

Indeed, Crutchlow later explained that he had already stopped the bike by the time the lights went out.

MotoGP rules allows some discretion if a rider moves, but is stationary again when the lights go out and does not gain an advantage. However since the other riders received a penalty, Crutchlow admitted it would have been branded unfair if he did not get one as well.

"Obviously I'm really disappointed. I want to say sorry to my team, I made a mistake and it's as simple as that. I let the clutch out too early," said the LCR Honda rider.

"I thought the penalty was very harsh, but I suppose with the other people jump-starting if I didn't get the penalty then there would have been complaints. I stopped, and then the lights went out, and promptly lost ten places on the track."

Crutchlow - riding with a special helmet design to celebrate the birth of his daughter during the summer break - finished the first lap in 15th, dropping to 18th after his ride-through. He returned to 15th on the final lap, scoring a single point.

"When things got going I was actually one of the fastest out there, the leader was in 1m 25.1 and we were in 1m 25.4," he said. "I made sure I brought the bike home though, that was the main thing.

"It's been a great summer break for me, and a good one for the team too. So to take an average result when there are so many positives is a bit hard. I don't know where we would have finished, maybe in between Marc [5th] and Dani [7th], but we didn't and that's it."


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