Prior to the start of the second half of the MotoGP season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cal Crutchlow and Ducati Corse have decided to part ways in 2015, with Cal moving over to LCR Honda and Andrea Iannone taking the vacant seat at Ducati.
This does not surprise me one bit. I predicted early on that Cal would not last one season on that thing. It's good that he got off it now before it completely sank his career or killed him. The Desmo, once a very competitive package lost its edge when they went with the Carbon fiber frame on the GP9. They lost the handle on the balance of the bike, the tires changed in 2010 making things even worse because they lost even more grip and they no longer could fall back on having monster power. Even the great Stoner could not ride it any longer. Rossi couldn't manage it either when the series went to the 1000s. In fact things got even worse. So what chance did Cal have? Having said all that, seeing what Dovi and Iannone are doing with that machine is pretty remarkable. Iannone has definitely earned that factory seat, and the two italians could be rewarded big time when the new GP15 debuts next year. Look for the GP15 to be an all-new clean sheet design, starting with a new generation desmo engine. Long overdue, as in my mind this has been the problem with this package for years now. Gigi knows how to build bikes, and with Audi money behind him, I can't wait to see what rolls out of the garage.
Menwhile, Cal needs to just survive the rest of this year and get back to a more familiar platform for him. The LCR will be a factory backed machine with additional sponsorship from CWM, so he should thrive there.
But hey, more on that later. We are set to go racing again! And it's on an all-new resurfaced and reconfigured Indy road course that promises to give a mutch better show than the old track did. I'm ready!
Edited by RaptorFA at 8/5/2014 1:48:31 PM