By Stephen English

Cal Crutchlow has admitted that he will not be racing for the factory Ducati team in MotoGP next season.

The Englishman has enjoyed a superb campaign for Tech 3 Yamaha this year and has seen his standing within the MotoGP paddock increase immensely with a series of strong races.

For much of the year he has been linked with a move to the Italian manufacturer in place of either Valentino Rossi or Nicky Hayden, but the former World Supersport champion today admitted on Twitter that it is no longer a possibility.

"You can all stop asking about me riding the red bike... it's not avaliable to ride! So I won't be riding it," tweeted the Englishman.

Crutchlow's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso is now expected to ride alongside Hayden next season.

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