“[Last year] Cal told me Ducati would be his priority [for 2013] if he had the opportunity, just as Andrea did, because they both wanted to be full factory riders,” said Poncharal.
“Ducati chose Andrea and Cal ended up staying, but he had been ready to go in mid-2012 and so only renewed his deal with us for a year in order to maintain the opportunity of being on the rider market for 2013, to try and become a factory rider [for 2014] which would be a dream for him.
“Had he signed for two years, he would not be in this situation now.
“For him, Tech 3 might be 'Plan B', but each rider manages his own situation and it is true that Cal is a bit boisterous. There is a market out there, though, and Yamaha are free to make their own choices.”
Crutchlow's potential 2014 factory options would be in place of Nicky Hayden
at Ducati - Hayden is the only factory rider whose contract expires at the end of this year - or as part of Suzuki's planned MotoGP return.
Meanwhile Poncharal also defended the technical differences between the Tech 3 motorcycles and those of factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo
and Valentino Rossi.
“Our engine specs are almost identical to the factory engines and we are now into the third development phase of the chassis since the first pre-season test at Sepang... I do not think one can say - and, furthermore, I do not think Cal can say - that we don't have active support and competitive machinery.
“I believe Cal has a bike that is very, very close to those of the official riders.”
Just twelfth in the standings during his rookie 2011 MotoGP season, former WSS champion and WSBK race winner Crutchlow took his first two podiums on the way to seventh overall in last year's MotoGP championship. Crutchlow is presently fifth in the points after three rounds of the 2013 series, with rookie team-mate Bradley Smith in twelfth.
Pol Espargaro, younger brother of Aspar MotoGP rider Aleix, won the opening Moto2 round of 2013, but crashed out in Texas and was beaten by his Pons team-mate Esteve Rabat and Scott Redding on his way to third place last time at Jerez.