Thursday at the Indianapolis MotoGP saw Cal Crutchlow make his first public appearance since the news that he will leave Ducati for LCR Honda at the end of this season.

After a miserable eight races - Crutchlow missed Argentina due to injury - the move would not have been a surprise had Crutchlow and Ducati not stated, just two weeks earlier, that the Englishman would stay.

So what happened?

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"The [LCR] deal came late in the month, after we'd said that I was staying at World Ducati Week," explained Crutchlow. "The deal came and we mutually agreed that I was to leave at the end of the season.

"Obviously I still have to race for Ducati to the end of the year and I'll give 100% for them, look forward to the season ahead and also next year with the CWM LCR Honda team.

"It happened quick, but this is racing. A friendly agreement was made between me and Ducati to leave and I was happy with the decision I made."

Pressed on the reasons behind the sudden turnaround, Crutchlow - almost certainly contractually bound not to discuss the details - said he would be making no further comment.

"After World Ducati Week, we mutually came to an agreement to leave and it's finished at that. The details are between me and Ducati and we are happy. So I won't explain any more on that."

Andrea Iannone will step up from the Pramac team to ride in place of Crutchlow next season, alongside Andrea Dovizioso.

Dovizioso is currently fourth in the world championship, Iannone eighth and Crutchlow 14th. LCR's current rider Stefan Bradl is ninth in the standings.

As well as sorting out the 2015 deal, Crutchlow has spent the summer break recovering from surgery on both his arms.

"I don't do things by halves! I did both arms at the same time," he smiled. "It was difficult for a few days for sure but after that I was ok. I seem to have no problem at the moment.

"I had some fluid in the right arm from the crash at Silverstone last year and some scar tissue in the left arm. We decided to have the operation now rather than wait.

"Hopefully I can be more comfortable on the bike for the rest of this season. As I said we have to work 100% with Ducati and hopefully I can make the speed better. I definitely need to be riding better than I am now and I look forward to getting some good results."


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hey look at it this way al was a MOTOGP factory rider how many of us get to that level ? now he gets the equivalent of a factory Honda that everyone knows goes like hell .now he just might win a GP

All Ducati fans are happy too Cal.