The pole position press conference at the Catalan MotoGP had a light hearted moment when Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro were asked to discuss the rumours linking Espargaro with a move to Tech 3.
The pair, sitting next to each another, had been laughing and joking throughout the 20 minute press conference and when the question arose Crutchlow offered a good natured response:
"Do you want me to answer both questions?" said the Englishman "I can because Pol's given me his microphone so I can answer both! We know that Pol is fast and I think that it's only right that Yamaha look to other riders and speak to other riders...maybe I'm doing a bad job! It's obvious that they want to speak to other riders so I think that Pol will answer the question on if he has contact with Yamaha."
Moto2 pole sitter Espargaro then added: "I'm focused on Moto2. I'm not thinking about MotoGP. I'm happy to listen that I am in contact with Yamaha because it is a good factory. A big one. It's always nice to listen to something like this but we have had a lot problems this year so thinking about MotoGP is too far and too complicated. We'll see what will happen next year. We'll see what we will do. [Turning to Crutchlow] You are doing a very good job Cal!"
Crutchlow has been keen throughout the weekend to dismiss speculation over his future and instead focus on continuing his strong form from the opening five rounds of the championship.
Asked earlier in the weekend if he had begun discussions with Suzuki about next season Crutchlow had said:
"I won't be speaking with anybody because that's not my job anymore," commented the Englishman. "My job is to ride the bike. Last year and January of this year we spoke to them [Suzuki] to see if they will be coming back but no more. When the time is right and they decide to be completely coming back then we might talk some more but until then there is no need to speak to anyone."
The new Suzuki machine is due to make its public debut during Monday's test.
“I am curious [to see it] because it might be on the grid next year and I am curious to see its potential,” said Crutchlow. “I am not interested to look at it and think I might ride that. It has got a long way to go and I don't think it is going to come out of the box next year and blast everything away.
“But if they manage to sign a really good rider you look it from the potential of how good it could be with them on it. Everybody is interested to see how it goes but I don't think it really matters at the moment.”
Crutchlow did confirm that he held a meeting with Yamaha officials after the Italian Grand Prix and that all options remain on the table.
"We needed to speak with Yamaha," said Crutchlow. "There were some things that I wanted to say to them and vice versa I think. Otherwise we are continuing the way we are and I have to think about my results on track and not think about next year.
“So I think that if I have a comment about next year it's that we're speaking to Yamaha but we're speaking to everybody. There's nothing set in stone [in MotoGP] next year and we don't know what seats are free."By Stephen English
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