LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello intends to run a second rider alongside new signing Cal Crutchlow for the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.
LCR has fielded a single bike since stepping up to the premier-class with Casey Stoner in 2006 - Stefan Bradl steering the team's Factory-class RC213V for the past three seasons.
Bradl is to be replaced by current factory Ducati rider Crutchlow at the end of this year, with Cecchinello's attention now turning to a possible team-mate.
“The contract signed [with Crutchlow] is for the 2015 season; then there is an option on our side for 2016, based mainly on results, and of course there is also the HRC side to consider,” Cecchinello told MotoGP.com
The Italian, a seven time grand prix winner as a rider in the 125GP class, added: “We are looking to run one Factory Option bike [for Crutchlow] and then a second bike to Open specification; however, with the latter we are yet to confirm either the programme or the rider. Our priority was to have the Factory Option bike and a competitive rider, as desired by [new sponsor CWM].”
One candidate to ride the Open machine would appear to be Moto3 World Championship leader Jack Miller, linked with LCR even before Crutchlow's switch.
“Jack Miller has certainly been approached by Honda, but I am not aware of the status of any negotiations,” insisted Cecchinello. “Once the programme is defined, it would be up to HRC to place him in one of the available positions.
“LCR would be one of the possibilities, but that decision would be up to the people involved.”