Cal Crutchlow spent the opening ten laps of Sunday's Aragon MotoGP directly behind the Repsol Honda of eventual runner-up Dani Pedrosa.

But the Englishman's hopes of following the Spaniard through the field ended when he ran wide at turn one.

The cause of the incident was an unusual one; the cast on Crutchlow's injured left index finger - from the pre-Misano cheese-cutting incident - meant he was unable to adjust the front brake.

Re-joining in eleventh, the LCR Honda rider was battling with top satellite opponent Johann Zarco for ninth place when he crashed out after taking 'evasive action'.

"I didn’t have a great feeling with my front brake lever, simply because I couldn’t adjust it with my finger," Crutchlow began.

"I made a mistake under braking because the lever was far away and as soon as I grabbed the brake I locked the front and ran wide, which was unfortunate.

“Then I got back on the track and recovered well, and I thought I might be able to come back across to the [lead] group. When I was riding alone I felt better.

"Then I made a mistake when I passed Johann into Turn 14.

"I had to take evasive action because I had to pass him quite late - I hadn’t actually planned to make the move - then I lost the front. It was always the risk with the hard front tyre we chose.

“It’s disappointing end, but not so bad a weekend overall. The positive to take from this is that we were competitive yet again.”

Crutchlow - who qualified fourth - is ninth in the world championship, three points behind Pramac's Danilo Petrucci (who also failed to score on Sunday) but 25 points from Tech 3's Zarco.


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