Part one of an exclusive interview with MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow, in which the Englishman talks to Crash.net
about his move to the Factory Ducati team for 2014.
Crutchlow finished fifth and the leading satellite rider in this year's world championship, claiming four podiums and two pole positions during his final season with Monster Yamaha Tech 3.
The Englishman then rode the Ducati Desmosedici for the first time in testing at Valencia earlier this month.
Ducati has not won a race since Casey Stoner departed at the end of 2010, but Crutchlow's arrival coincides with the appointment of former Aprilia racing boss Gigi Dall'Igna as the new general manager of Ducati Corse.
Crutchlow was a close match for team-mate Andrea Dovizioso at the Valencia test, but they were both 1.5s behind Honda's world champion Marc Marquez.
In part two
, Crutchlow answers questions on his time at Tech 3 Yamaha, the performances of Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, the future of MotoGP and more...
Cal, you made your Ducati debut at the Valencia test. What was your approach to the test, how did you find the bike and was it what you expected?
First and foremost the test was to get used to the team. Obviously I've never ridden a Ducati before, so it was good just to ride the Ducati. I did say that I didn't want to test what they previously had this year, because we could see that wasn't right. But I don't think they were in a position to give me anything else at this stage.
At the end of the day I got to work with the team for three days. The team is fantastic. There is a wealth of knowledge in there. And I wanted to start building a team around me that has a good friendly atmosphere as well as a working relationship. I think that's what those guys need. They need new motivation from me - from the whole situation of me coming in and trying my best for them.
Obviously they've had Nicky [Hayden] for a long time and on the other side of the garage they've chopped and changed riders a little bit and still it doesn't seem to have worked in the last couple of years. As I think Claudio Domenicali [Ducati CEO] saw in me, I'll come in and give my all. And that's what the team need. They need a rider that'll ride it with square wheels. Try their best on it.