Cal Crutchlow is determined that his Brno podium finish will not be a one-off after finally breaking into the MotoGP top three in the Czech Republic.
On the weekend that he extended his Tech 3 Yamaha deal for another season, Crutchlow qualified a career-best second then held on to third throughout the race.
"It wasn't an eventful race, but it's a great way to go into the second half of the season, having signed a new contract with the Tech 3 Yamaha team," said Crutchlow. "Hopefully now we can continue this run."
Although Crutchlow could not keep up with leaders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, he was able to stay a safe distance ahead of Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso throughout.
"It's great. I think we did a sort of perfect weekend," said Crutchlow.
"We never had the pace of the front two guys but I knew that after a few laps in the race.
"I think we had a really strong pace, faster than everyone else, so I sort of controlled the race.
"I made sure that Dovi wasn't too close. Once I had a second I continued to pull a gap.
"Twenty-two laps on your own is quite a long race.
"Sometimes could see Jorge and Dani so I knew the gap, but I kept a consistent pace and rode to my pitboard."
- Cal Crutchlow
- Dani Pedrosa