Crutchlow: I pushed when I needed to

British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow said he was stunned by the hometown support after getting the pole position at the British GP at Silverstone on Saturday.

In wet conditions, the 30-year-old LCR Honda rider clocked a time of 2:19.265, finishing nearly a full second (0.998s) faster than second placed Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi. In third was Suzuki's Maverick Viñales after some positive changes were done to his wet-race setup.

After his pole, Crutchlow received a standing ovation from fans as he took his cool-down lap after qualifying.

In an interview with reporters afterwards, Crutchlow said, when asked if he had difficulties in the wet conditions, that he "had a couple". 

"I had a couple,” Crutchlow said. "But it was after, after I went past it (the finish line), I went straight into the first corner. 

"I’ve had a fantastic welcome this weekend, ever since I arrived on Wednesday with Lucy and Willow (his wife and new baby daughter), everybody wanted to come and see us. All the fans, thanks for coming out. I know it’s raining, but we can’t fix that. 

"I’m obviously very pleased for my team and sponsors; we’ve worked hard and deserved this. I had a great pace in the dry over the weekend. 

"I’ve felt quite comfortable. In the rain I pushed when I needed to and took the pole. The last few laps were a bit dangerous, so I just cruised," he added.