Cal Crutchlow rode his third different brand of Factory MotoGP bike in as many seasons, at Valencia on Monday.

At the same test where he had switched from Tech 3 Yamaha to Ducati one year ago, the Englishman completed the first steps of his new LCR Honda adventure.

Crutchlow rode for 53 laps, the best of which placed him eighth on the timesheets, directly behind former team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and 0.872s from Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Crutchlow's 1m 31.847s was also quicker than he had set on his way to a close fifth place behind Dovizioso in Sunday's season finale.

"Enjoyable," began Crutchlow. "It's something I've waited to do for a while, ride a Honda, and we finally did it today. It was hard work, learning the settings of the bike, electronics and engines. It was completely different to what I'm used to at the other two manufacturers.

"The team worked in a great way. We just did some small steps, mainly electronic and power wise to suit my riding style a bit and then I worked towards their setting as well.

"We've improved. I did my best lap with 27 laps on the rear tyre, so I'm pleased with that. We have to work on some things, but I was impressed with the bike for sure.

"The bike turns very, very well. There's no doubt about that. You can brake deep into the corner and still make the corner. It's really impressive but the other areas to work on are we have to look for rear grip more than with other bikes I've used. But the engine is strong and the electronics are working really, really well.

"You can move a lot on the bike and be hard with the bike. It is quite an aggressive bike, meaning I think it quite likes to be ridden aggressively. If you look how Marc rides, he rides it like an animal. That's quite good for my style as well.

"You also have a lot of feeling with the bike in your hand. The connection is really good."



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