Ducati has announced that it reached an agreement with Cal Crutchlow to terminate the British rider’s contract for 2015. Crutchlow’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, has already signed on to race with the team through 2016 and will be joined by Andrea Iannone next year. Iannone has shown great promise on Pramac Ducati through the first half of the current season and has been keen to land a factory ride. Crutchlow, on the other hand, has struggled from Day 1 with Ducati after leaving the Tech 3 Yamaha team at the conclusion of 2013.
Crutchlow will join the LCR Honda team, replacing the outgoing Stefan Bradl. LCR gets a new sponsor for the upcoming season as well, CWM FX. The new backing is allowing the team to plan for two bikes in 2015, the factory-backed ride piloted by Crutchlow and a second, open-class mount to be piloted by an as-yet-unnamed rider. Bradl is rumored to be moving to Forward Racing, but no official word has been issued by the team.
The brief PR issued by Ducati announcing the news is included below, as is the release issued by LCR Honda. – Moto USA Byron Wilson
Ducati Corse announced today that it has reached an agreement with its factory rider Cal Crutchlow to terminate, ahead of time, the contract that ties the British rider to the Italian team in MotoGP for the next season.
The two factory Ducati Team riders for 2015 will now be Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.
LCR Honda Team is pleased to officially announce that British rider Cal Crutchlow will join Cecchinello's squad in 2015 MotoGP campaign riding the Honda RC213V Factory Spec. The 29-year-old from Isle of Man will compete in the premier class for the fifth year counting on Honda HRC support and the brand-new LCR Main Sponsor CWM (www.cwmfx.com
Lucio Cecchinello (LCR CEO): "We want to thank Cal for his trust in our 2015 racing project and we are excited to line up with new Team colors thanks to the cooperation with CWM. In the mean time we will keep working hard to end the current season in the best way”.
Anthony Costantinou (CWM CEO): “The 2015 MotoGP season is looking to be a very exciting one, CWM-LCR Honda are very happy and pleased to have Cal Crutchlow on our new bike and new team colors. Cal is a professional, reliable, and top performer as CWMFX.COM is. Perfect synergy."