Cal Crutchlow believes he could have been celebrating his first World Superbike Championship win at Brno were it not for a rear grip issues in race one.

Starting from his fourth pole of the season after a dominant performance in qualifying, Crutchlow recovered from a slow start in race one to move up to second and into a position to challenge Jonathan Rea for the lead.

However, Crutchlow says he began to lose grip at around the mid-way point in the race, dropping him into the clutches of Max Biaggi and down to an eventual third place.

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Prompting a change of tyres for race two, Crutchlow fared even worse as he tumbled down the order before being forced to make a pit-stop, leaving him 14th.

I'm disappointed to be honest, I knew we had the pace this weekend to win. The first race didn't go too much to plan, we had a bit of a problem with rear grip so we made a change for the second race which I thought was going to be really good.

"I did 12 laps on the rear tyre and to be honest I was just about to crash so I had to pull into change it. The tyre looked brand new after 12 laps where it should have looked worn. We did the last eight laps on a brand new tyre, I did the fastest lap of the race and the tyre looked perfect.

"I'm disappointed I couldn't take it to the front guys but that's racing, we'll go to Silverstone now and make up for it."