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Crutchlow’s lap time of 2:04.147 put him on the front row of the grid for the Circuit of The Americas GP.

He joined veteran Valentino Rossi, who was second and Marc Marquez on pole. It is going to be hard to keep with Marquez who qualified 0.360 seconds ahead of fellow Honda rider Crutchlow but a second podium of the year is a possibility.

In Qatar Crutchlow finished with a superb third position. That was followed by the race in Argentina which was marred by a controversial jump start penalty which ruined his chances of repeating standing on the rostrum.

“Maybe it’s old age, with Valentino (Rossi) in second and me in third, maybe we’re coming back round again with age! I feel good, although I was not overly pleased with my lap, I lost the front three times in one lap. We changed the setting from yesterday, but because we didn’t have the morning session (FP3) we needed to use the qualifying as a little bit of a test and I lost the front in all the hairpin corners. I was angry with the lap because of myself as I pushed a lot in the braking zone. I’m happy enough though, nobody is anywhere near Marc (Marquez), you saw him in the damp session and he was two seconds clear. But we did a good job and the team is working very well. I’m happy with the team, happy with the bike, everything is going well and I look forward to tomorrow.”