Cal Crutchlow regretted not joining factory Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on the hard front tyre in Sunday's German MotoGP.

The Englishman began the race just tenth on the grid before moving through the field with top satellite rival Bradley Smith.

But problems with both the front and rear rubber on his LCR Honda meant he crossed the line in seventh place, over six-seconds from his former Tech 3 team-mate and 30-seconds from winner Marquez.

"I am happy to finish and get some points before the summer break," began Crutchlow, who select the medium front tyre on a day when most of the grid ran the new asymmetric. "We had some problems in the race. I choose the wrong front tyre - we should have chosen the same one as Dani and Marc. Honestly I think it would have gained us quite a few seconds over the race in certain places.

"I also had problems with the rear tyre. It spun on the wheel rim and I had big vibrations throughout the race. So to finish was not a bad job, especially as I still has some pain in my elbow and arm from yesterday's crash."

Non-scores at Le Mans, Mugello and Catalunya have left Crutchlow just eighth in the championship standings, albeit as the only satellite rider to stand on the podium so far.

"We need to go into the summer break and improve for Indianapolis and from then on. I think the first half of the season has been only average and I believe we can do much better."



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