Cal Crutchlow has confirmed that a new anti-wheelie system is something that has aided the Honda riders this weekend at Jerez.

The Englishman was present at Le Mans during the week that preceded the Spanish Grand Prix, where, teamed with one of Jack Miller's electronics engineers, he put new anti-wheelie electronics through their paces.

"The new anti-wheelie system that I tested and that I gave the input too was working great in Le Mans," said Crutchlow on Saturday evening, after qualifying for the 27-lap race third.

"It's working great for me here. These guys [the Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez] are using it. I know that. You have to give the input. The guy that was doing all the electronics work was in Le Mans with me and he was Jack's guy on a race weekend."

Throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend Cal Crutchlow has been putting a new exhaust, which Pedrosa tested briefly at the Circuit of the Americas, through its paces.

While clearly valuable, he said, finding the correct settings for the new component has been time consuming.

"There are many things around that which also create jobs. It's not one more thing. I actually have something else as well. It's something Dani used in Texas and he stopped using it.

"When is it going to get better if you only do five laps on it? Sure, there's a test on Monday, but I said I would try it this weekend to save us time messing around on Monday. I feel OK."

Has he conducted back-to-back tests with the old and new exhausts? "Yeah," came the response. "Positives and negatives to both. As I'm saying, at the moment I think there have been more negatives. But how do you ever get better if you don't try and continue?

"In a race weekend it's honestly difficult to do what you're doing. I'm willing to waste it. I'm also on the pace. If I was 15th you'd have no chance of me carrying on with it. That is true because I know it's not completely as if it's messing up my laps. I'm there or thereabouts."

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