Crutchlow: I should have come in earlier

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, who started Sunday's MotoGP German GP in 13th position, had a brilliant ride in wet tricky conditions at Sachsenring to finish in second place.

The British rider finished ahead of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, both behind race winner Marc Marquez on his Repsol Honda.

Crutchlow fought his way up to a podium finish using wet tyres, due to the conditions, with a harder front tyre option and as the surface began to dry and riders changed their tyre options the LCR Honda rider found himself in third position.

With seven laps to go he went into the pits to change tyres for the slick option and returned to the track in fifth and after getting past Andrea Dovizioso he then went past Scott Redding with a lap remaining to get his team's best result by claiming second place on the podium.

After the race, Crutchlow told Cycle World that he felt strong all weekend in the tricky conditions and was satisfied with how things went. 

“It was so difficult to manage at the start, but we tried our very best as always," said Crutchlow. "I think I’m one of the strongest guys in these conditions, and I have been one of the strongest all weekend, I just needed to do it in the race, and I managed to do it.”

“I should have come into the pits earlier, but I didn’t see my pit board, so I came in with Rossi and Dovizioso because they were leading. It was a case of settling for a possible podium or staying with the leaders, and I chose that.

“I’m looking forward to a small celebration tonight with the LCR Honda Team, we deserve it so much and we can now go into the summer break and the remainder of the races so happy. 

"I also missed my wife Lucy this weekend, it’s only the second race she’s missed in nine years, but she is set to give birth just before the next grand prix in Austria, so I can’t wait for that now."