CAL Crutchlow admits he was just happy to finish the race after finishing 11th in the French MotoGP in Le Mans on Sunday.
The Coventry-born rider had qualified in 12th position on his return to the track after missing the two previous MotoGP’s due to a hand injury.
And after losing some positions in the initial stages of the race Crutchlow was unable to make much progress and eventually finished 11th to make it to the chequered flag for only the second time this season.
“It was important first and foremost to finish a race, and for me that’s good seeing as how my 2014 season has been so far.” said Crutchlow.
“I got a great start and felt really good on the bike, but there was a crash on the first lap and I got hit really hard by Hernandez by accident, which gave me a dead leg, and I lost a few places.
“I also made a few mistakes in the race but it’s clear that for the moment it’s difficult for Ducati to aim for anything higher in the results.
“A big thanks to my team, who are working really hard for us to become competitive, even though the result is not what we hoped for.”
Crutchlow has this weekend to relax and prepare for the Italian MotoGP on June 1.