MotoGP »

Crutchlow unsurprised by Lorenzo Ducati speculation

'Every manufacturer is going to want to speak to Lorenzo' - Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow believes Ducati could make an approach to double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo for 2015.

The British MotoGP star, who teams up with Andrea Dovizioso for the factory Italian outfit this season, says it is natural that 'every manufacturer' would be interested in acquiring Lorenzo's services.

Yamaha has moved to quash reports from Spain linking Lorenzo to Ducati next year, but Crutchlow - who has a two year deal - told the official MotoGP website: “I believe that maybe there is truth in it. As Jorge has said himself, every manufacturer is going to want to speak to him.

"Of course Lin [Jarvis – Yamaha Factory Racing, Managing Director] is going to deny it because he wants to keep him. I hope he [Lorenzo] makes the right decision on where he goes.

“It would be a big challenge for him if he did come to Ducati, but I know nothing about it. The best guys to ask are the bosses of the manufacturers.

“Of course Jorge will deny it too, as he will want to speak to the current manufacturer that he is with.

“If he did come to Ducati in 2015 when I'm still there it would not affect me in the slightest, though he would bring a wealth of data and a lot of speed.”

Crutchlow, who married partner Lucy at the beginning of January, has been training hard in California ahead of the first pre-season test at Sepang next month.

“There is not much to it other than running and cycling really. I just can't go to the gym because as soon as I start to do that I put on muscle and I get heavier,” he said.

“Clearly lighter guys have an advantage in MotoGP so I have to be careful as I'm already one of the heavier guys. The older anyone gets the harder it is to lose weight.

"My body fat percentage right now is around eight per cent, which is perfect for travelling and perfect for racing in MotoGP. I'm doing what I can and I'm pleased with the work I'm doing physically.

“I have a lot of friends who come out here to California to train, they are professional cyclists and we have a great time on the bicycles. Long days, hard days. No doubt about it, MotoGP is a very physical sport.”

Crutchlow also said he was unaware of any plans to switch all Ducati entries in MotoGP to the 'Open' class following reports in recent weeks – a move Ducati has dismissed for the time being.

“With the 'Open' class story I know nothing about it so as far as I'm aware I'm riding a MotoGP bike for Ducati,” he said.

The first Sepang test in Malaysia will be held from February 4-6.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Crutchlow, Valencia Test November 2013
Crutchlow, Australian MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP 2016
Dovizioso, Australian MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Aleix Espargaro, Dovizioso Australian MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Dovizioso, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, Dovizioso, Espargaro Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, Crutchlow, Vinales, Australian MotoGP 2016
Maverick Vinales, Dovizioso Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Maverick Vinales, Aleix Espargaro, Dovizioso, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Maverick Vinales, Lorenzo Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Crutchlow, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, Lorenzo Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Marquez, Crutchlow Australian MotoGP Race 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


January 22, 2014 12:27 PM
Last Edited 147 days ago

Why would Lorenzo go to Ducati?? Why? Not for the money, Honda can offer him the same or more. Not for a better ride, that's for sure. Maybe he doesn't enjoy the idea of being Marquez's team mate, and possibly second rider at Honda?? If so he would stay at Yamaha. I just can't see any one reason at all for him to want to go to Ducati. Zero. Doesn't make sense.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.