English news agency BBC
is reporting that MotoGP
racer Cal Crutchlow has inked a deal with the Ducati Corse squad to ride a factory-prepped Desmosedici for the next two years in the MotoGP Championship. Crutchlow will replace Nicky Hayden and ride alongside Andrea Dovizioso.
Crutchlow, 27, is currently on his last season with the Monster Tech 3 Team who competes on second tier Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles. Crutchlow has come on strong recently and though he has yet to net a race win he has achieved a pole position and numerous podium finishes this season. Currently he is fifth in the World Championship, just one point behind nine-time champ Valentino Rossi.
Keen to stay inside the Yamaha garage the English rider was hoping to move up to the factory team, but since both seats are already filled by Jorge Lorenzo and Rossi, there simply wasn’t any room. It’s the same story on the Tech 3 side with both M1 seats taken by rookie Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, who currently competes in the spec-engine Moto 2 series.
For the next two years the Englishman is going to have a difficult task ahead of him considering that the red bike from Bologna claimed the MotoGP careers of multiple riders, including Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden and almost even the greatest of all-time, Valentino Rossi, due to poor development and on-track results. In the last six years recently retired two-time champ Casey Stoner was the only person able to tame the beast winning races and a championship aboard the Ducati in 2007.