MotoGP » Crutchlow out, Iannone in at Ducati


Cal Crutchlow to leave Ducati MotoGP team - replaced by Andrea Iannone for 2015.

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LLarry

August 02, 2014 4:43 PM

P.S.
Gawd, I bet Ducati wished they had kept Hayden.
He was a team player, really tried, and the absolute professional in terms of how to deal the the media.
The polar opposite of Crutchlow in fact.

LLarry

August 02, 2014 4:39 PM

Why do some of you guys think he had a pay-off from Ducati?
CC had until the end of July whether to opt out of the second year of his contract. His choice, not Ducati's.
He decided to do that because of the LCR ride. No compensation when you quit (unless you are a (w)banker that is).

Cal thinks he will do better on the Honda. Good luck.
Ducati glad to see the back of him.
As a Ducati fan, I'm glad to see the back of him.
Iannone glad to get the factory seat (which he deserves).
So everybody is happy.

SasquatchBob

August 12, 2014 11:44 AM

Sensible moves all round I'd say. Ducati now has Audi money, a new bike in development and two talented Italian riders to ride and develop it.
Crutchlow gets away from a bike he hates and gets a factory Honda (sort of) and a nice pay off from Ducati.
LCR gets a big money sponsor which they desperately need.
The only disappointment for me is Cal's attitude throughout the last year. When he was accused of going to Ducati for the money he strongly denied it and make big talk of how he'd help develop the bike over two years. He knew it was an awful bike when he signed. He's moaned and publicly slagged off the team all year because the bike is awful after all. And then there's the MCN front page story and his speech at WDW about staying at Ducati until 2016 when he'd already agreed the move to LCR. He may have played the game well and got the bike and the payout he wanted but he's shown a real lack of character in the process.

jonil

August 02, 2014 5:03 PM

I feel sorry for LCR, this is going nowhere, actually I feel more sorry for the up and coming talent, Maverick etc, that this waste of space has usurped, but most of all, all the whiny crap excuses that I am going to have to listen to in the coming year, oh dear I'll have a double.

GOAT46

August 02, 2014 4:10 PM

As a brit I always root for english riders, but to be honest, I've gone a bit sour on Crutchlow. He just seems real whiny, and a quitter. The way this all went down just kindof solidifies that perception. Not a fan I'm afraid.

DesyBoy

August 09, 2014 12:00 PM

No body, NO!!!!,Body rode the Ducati, Except for One and he gave them a World Championship to Boot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, AnyBody Remember a Champion , Casey Stoner???, He Rode the Wheels off tha Duc!!!!!!!!!!! AND NOBODY!!!!!!!!!, HAS DONE IT SinceIIIIIIIIIII. Nicky tried and Done a GOOD Job, Ducati DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! listen to the Riders who know what they want???, If Casey went back to them???, is the only way they'd be Suckcessful again!!!!!!

Dr Relliscada

August 12, 2014 11:21 AM

DesyBoy: No body, NO!!!!,Body rode the Ducati, Except for One and he gave them a World Championship to Boot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, AnyBody Remember a Champion , Casey Stoner???, He Rode the Wheels off tha Duc!!!!!!!!!!! AND NOBODY!!!!!!!!!, HAS DONE IT SinceIIIIIIIIIII. Nicky tried and Done a GOOD Job, Ducati DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! listen to the Riders who know what they want???, If Casey went back to them???, is the only way they'd be Suckcessful again!!!!!!


Bayliss, Stoner, Capirex, Checa, Elias, Xaus and Hayden made victories or podiums for Ducati. since Rossi´s Abomination podium was a far dream.

BrianC

August 06, 2014 2:59 PM

9times: The fluky 2006's title aside, Nicky was by far better than Cal. Cal is one overrated loud mouth rider. I can see Dovi and Iannone wiping the floor with his LCR Honda !!


I don't think 2006 was a fluke considering a couple of well known facts:

1. Hayden was always used as a test mule for new parts and having Pedrotbots "Master" running Repsol saw that "Bot" got the better performing bike.
2. "Bot" is 50lbs lighter than Hayden and felt "spearing" his teammate during his Championship run was a good idea.

Let's not forget, he out-rode the greatest show on 2 wheels during the last race AND was catching up to the two Ducatis ahead of him before Vale crashed. He was told that 3rd would win it so he was smart enough not to crash out.

I know you are giving Hayden a back-handed compliment but still, he did win a championship and it wasn't a fluke. Honda always saw Hayden as a test mule or they would have kept him on the team. Having a Spanish sponsor with

V4Poweeeer

August 03, 2014 3:37 AM

Crutchlow has proved that he is not a professional doesn't recognise a good thing when he has a good thing (Yamaha), prone to tantrums and isn't on par with so called second rate riders such as Dovi and Hayden and his passport is the only thing keeping him in the series.

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