Cal Crutchlow has signed a two year deal to ride for the Ducati factory team in 2014 and 2015.
Crutchlow will take the reins at a factory team for the first time in his MotoGP career, as he replaces the outgoing American Nicky Hayden. Cal had been very vocal about his desire to ride for a factory team, and Crutchlow now has his wish.
The Brit had remained coy on his future, but Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis, said Crutchlow was likely to decide which team he would be riding for in 2014 before this month’s Indianapolis round.
However today, now Spanish website motocuatro.com were the first to report the deal, and we are expecting official confirmation from Ducati by the weekend.
With the move being made official, Ducati have released a press statement which read:
Ducati has reached an agreement with Cal Crutchlow that will have the Briton campaigning the 2014 and 2015 MotoGP race seasons with the Ducati Team. Crutchlow will race alongside Andrea Dovizioso. The British rider and the Italian, who were team-mates in 2012, will work on developing the Desmosedici and growing Ducati’s MotoGP project.
The 2009 World Supersport champion and 2011 MotoGP Rookie of the Year, Crutchlow is presently enjoying his strongest GP season to date, sitting fifth in the championship points standings. He has posted four podium finishes in the first nine races, and he earned his first MotoGP pole position at the Dutch TT.
The end of the 2013 season will also mark the completion of Nicky Hayden’s five-year professional relationship with the Ducati Team. Ducati would like to thank Nicky for his contributions during that time, and everyone on the team and at Ducati Corse looks forward to giving him and Andrea their full support over the second half of the 2013 season.