Italian magazine Motosprint
believes that Cal Crutchlow is '99%' certain to go to MotoGP next season, should Ben Spies leave Monster Yamaha Tech 3.
Spies looks set to be promoted to the factory Yamaha team, alongside Jorge Lorenzo - providing Valentino Rossi's shock move to Ducati materialises.
Crutchlow was offered the chance to replace Colin Edwards at Tech 3 for several races this season, if the Texan took the injured Rossi's place, but turned it down due to a lack of testing and the logistics of constantly swapping between MotoGP and WSBK.
Crutchlow won the 2009 World Supersport title for Yamaha and is presently tenth in the 2010 World Superbike Championship with Sterilgarda Yamaha, having taken three podiums.