Cal Crutchlow ended his brief stint in the factory Ducati team with a strong fifth placed finish in the 2014 MotoGP finale at Valencia.
|Crutchlow was content with his send off for the Italian factory|
Photo: Steve English
The 28-year old was embroiled in a race long battle with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso throughout the 30-lap race. As they disposed first with early leader Andrea Iannone and then Jorge Lorenzo when the rain began to fall, the official Ducati pairing found themselves battling for fourth place.
Crutchlow headed the pair as they began the penultimate lap but was unable to resist Dovizioso’s advances, the Italian getting past at Doohan Corner two laps from the end. Still, he was happy to put an end to his unfortunate run of three consecutive DNFs.
“I think it’s been a fitting end to the year to finish, with Andrea and me together in fourth and fifth, we did a good job,” Crutchlow said after the race. “I believe I should have pushed a little bit more in the tricky conditions created by the rain, but we could also have been strong for this result in the full dry conditions. I was pleased for the weekend, I felt my race pace was good and we made a good race with Andrea so I’m happy with the final race of the season.”