Cal Crutchlow made his first public appearance since the announcement of his 2014 factory Ducati MotoGP deal, during the pre-event press conference at Indianapolis on Thursday.

Crutchlow, who has raced for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 since his 2011 grand prix debut, is enjoying his best season in MotoGP - holding fifth in the standings, as the leading satellite rider, with four podiums and one pole position.

Yamaha and especially Tech 3 were unsurprisingly keen to retain Crutchlow, but the 27-year-old Englishman made full factory status his priority and has agreed a two-year contract with the struggling Italian factory.

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"After Laguna we decided that we were going to stay in America and take a break here, but it wasn't too much of a break. We had a busy first week and then we obviously released that I'll be riding for Ducati next year," said Crutchlow.

"Really pleased and it was nice to get that done, we can settle for the rest of the year now and see how that goes. Yes there are pros and cons for everything. The most difficult thing was making the phone call to [Tech 3 boss] Herve.

"It was quite an emotional phone call. It was a difficult decision to leave, but I believe the contract I was being offered was a lot better than the one I have. It wasn't tough in the sense of anything else, but it was tough to leave the [Tech 3] team.

"I took my first podium in MotoGP with them, and they stood by me after a first tough year. I think if there's anything we can do for the rest of the year, it will be to try and take a win.

"I don't know where it will be, but I'll definitely be trying. I've got nothing to lose. It doesn't matter where I am in the championship, particularly."

When asked why he switched to a bike that has proven difficult in the last few years, Crutchlow joked: "I like the colour!

The British star added: "This is a new challenge for me, it's something different. We've been in MotoGP for three years with Yamaha and also World Supersport and World Superbike. But sometimes it's time for a change. The deal that was put on the table in front of me I was happy with, and there's no reason why I shouldn't change.

"I think it's a new motivation for me, as well. And obviously it might be a little bit different position-wise as such, you know, straightaway anyway. But my motivation is to try to bring the bike to the front definitely."

Crutchlow will re-join former Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso next season, taking over from Nicky Hayden. The Italian is presently seventh in the world championship, with a best race finish of fourth.

"[The Ducati] seems difficult for Andrea now. I only know from Andrea. He's a strong rider in the championship. He's a good class of rider. He's rode for three different bikes, and it seems this one is the most difficult for him at the moment. But as I said, things can change, and hopefully it will change before I get there.

"I'm not worried. At the end of the day, it's a motorcycle that people have done very well on in the past and not just one rider. As I said, hopefully things will change a little, but I will give 100 percent. I believe my 100 percent will be good enough. If I didn't think my 100 percent was good enough, I wouldn't be racing a motorcycle. I'll try my best and that's all I can do.

"I think there is a lot to be improved [on the bike] and the strong point [is] it's fast. But the rest of it I don't know.

"I don't know if the bike they have at the minute maybe completely suits my style, maybe things need to change, maybe it just doesn't suit some of the guys.

"I will never make a comment on the way the guys have ridden it or are riding it now because, you know, it's not for me to say. Obviously Valentino has rode it and Andrea and Nicky, and I can't comment on that at all. All you can see is what you see on track, but you're not the guy riding it.

"So how do I know if I jump on it I might not even have to make a change at all? It's clear it needs to improve. But it's not my job to do that. My job and motivation is to ride it to 100 percent of my ability."

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