Cal Crutchlow was 'ecstatic' to come away with a second place finish on his World Superbike debut at Donington Park as he joined Tom Sykes in getting Britain's wild-card riders onto the podium.

A mixed weekend for the HM Plant Honda rider, Crutchlow was quick in practice and qualifying, but was left with a lot to do from ninth on the grid when he crashed out in Superpole.

However, despite retiring early on in the first race with a technical problem, Crutchlow was in fine form in the second as he scythed his way up the order in torrid conditions to almost catch Ryuichi Kiyonari for the lead.

Although not quite able to overhaul his Honda counterpart in the closing stages, Crutchlow's result nonetheless completed a superb day for the British riders on home soil.

"I am ecstatic with that," he told Radio. "It has been a great job by the HM Plant Honda all weekend.

"Superpole didn't go our way but we knew we were fast in the wet. We were fast in the dry too but it was shame that I had a technical problem in the first race and I was forced to pull out. But we made amends in the second race."

Crutchlow did, however, admit that his bid for victory was eventually scuppered in the closing stages when his close proximity with Kiyonari caused him to struggle with vision.

"I couldn't see a thing though. I was so close behind him, but he was flicking up the spray. I felt like I could have caught him and won the race, but I couldn't get close enough to him."


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