British Grand Prix runner-up Cal Crutchlow is enjoying the moment as the LCR Honda rider celebrates a terrific run of results in motorcycling's premier class.
Crutchlow finished as the runner-up behind Marc Marquez at the Sachsenring and went one better in Brno to claim his maiden MotoGP success, becoming the first rider since Barry Sheene 35 years ago to stand on the top step in the class.
The 30-year-old carried his momentum over to his home race at Silverstone, where Crutchlow sensationally qualified on pole in the wet before underlining his versatility with an excellent ride to second place behind Suzuki's Maverick Vinales on Sunday.
It's been a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Crutchlow this season, who feels he is now beginning to find his groove with the less than friendly characteristics of the RCV.
“I just had a good feeling with the bike; it's not necessarily the [improved] front tyre and we've had the front tyre for a long time. The front tyre I used today was no different to the one I used in Texas and I crashed. I'm riding the bike in a better way but I lost some time in the start of the race, especially to Maverick, and I was not feeling too comfortable in that moment,” said Crutchlow, who raced with a new chassis he has been evaluating for Honda.
“We're using the new frame that Honda wanted us to evaluate, but I don't think that's necessarily the reason [for result at Silverstone], simply because I think I was a tenth faster on my old one over the weekend than what I was on this. The back-to-back [comparison] is just a little bit different in style. We've worked hard in the last races to be able to come to this moment – we have 66 points from the last races and the most out of the championship.
“We'll try again next week but I think it might be a bit more difficult, but we work hard week in, week out, but in the moment I'm in a good point in my career.”