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Cal Crutchlow 'speaking to five teams'

23 July 2013

By Stephen English

With his MotoGP future still not confirmed, Cal Crutchlow insists he is in no rush to sign a 2014 contract and doubts it will happen before Indianapolis.

Seventh in Sunday's US Grand Prix cost Crutchlow fourth place in the world championship to Valentino Rossi, but the Tech 3 Yamaha star remains 32 points clear of next-best satellite rider Stefan Bradl.

"I don't think this result and this weekend changes anything with regards to my future,” said Crutchlow in California. “It's clear I've been fast all year and we've put up a strong challenge.

“We've had one bad race and I don't think it changes anything.

“I won't make a fast decision and in my eyes I won't make a decision by Indy. I need time and am speaking to five teams, and not just in this championship, so we'll see what happens.”

Crutchlow had led opening practice at Laguna Seca. That ultimately proved a false dawn, but it is a sign of his progress in the last year that finishing seventh marks a disappointing result.

"We had a bad weekend and I've got no excuses," said Crutchlow. "I never found a good setting with the bike all weekend and in the race I had to just get to the finish. It was one of them races where in the past I mightn't have finished and at least I got some points.

"I've dropped to fifth in the championship, had my worst qualifying but I still finished within 15 seconds of the winner. In some other races it might have been a fourth place finish but it was a difficult race for Yamaha and Valentino and Jorge did a better job. I had to finish and I finished seventh."

Crutchlow's 2014 options appear to include Tech 3 Yamaha, Honda LCR and the factory Ducati team.


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