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Crutchlow considered WSBK return

Cal Crutchlow has revealed there were times during his debut season in MotoGP that he was "ready to go back" to World Superbikes.

The Brit joined the MotoGP class back in 2011, racing for the satellited Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.

It was anything but a successful introduction for the former World Superbike rider as Crutchlow finished 12th in the Championship without a single top-three result.

"In all honesty in my first year... I didn't and I was ready to go back to World Superbike," he told crash.net when asked if he thought he would be as successful in MotoGP as he has been.

"I have always said that if someone had have offered me a WSBK ride there and then at one point in the year I would have gone back.

"I had quite a lot to learn and I wanted to learn it too fast. We went to ten new tracks and I expected to win at every one of them and it doesn't happen.

"I was battling with riders that I thought were rubbish and they're not rubbish, they're incredibly talented. I'm not saying that they're no good but just that they were riding around at the back.

"When I came here I had a shock as to how good they actually are."

Crutchlow, though, remained in the premier class and went on to improve the following season, netting two top-three results while this season he has found himself fighting for race victories.

Onboard the Yamaha YZR-M1, he has netted four podium finishes including runner-up results in France and Germany.

His success has resulted in the 27-year-old signing a deal to race for Ducati's factory team in 2014.

"I think I've learned through experience rather than developing something," he said.

"My speed was always there and I was always fast-sometimes over one lap, sometimes over ten laps but never over the whole race. Now I'm a lot stronger over the whole race."


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