Cal Crutchlow, Tech 3 Yamaha, Phillip Island 2012Cal Crutchlow was relieved to end a run of bad results with third place in MotoGP’s Australian Grand Prix.

Since taking his elusive maiden podium at Brno at the end of August, Crutchlow has endured a run of frustrations punctuated only by fourth at Aragon.

He crashed out early at Misano, ran out of fuel when on course for the podium at Motegi, then crashed again in the wet at Sepang.

But at Phillip Island he was able to pull clear of Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso’s big battle with Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista, then settle into a comfortable third behind Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo.

“It’s nice to finally these last three weeks with something decent,” said Crutchlow.

“Running out of fuel at Motegi and crashing at Sepang wasn’t the best, so it would’ve been a difficult three weeks if we hadn’t have done well here.

“So I wanted to make it count and I think it was a good job all round.

“I just maintained the gap to the guys behind, and made sure it went up.

“I wasn’t going to push to follow Jorge because I think I would’ve been sacked if anything happened…”

The result means Crutchlow still has an outside chance of getting into the top five in the championship.

He goes into next month’s Valencia finale 14 points behind current fifth-place man Bautista, and six down on Valentino Rossi.


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