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MotoGP: Crutchlow would prefer Rea as team-mate

"I don't believe Johnny Rea's had the best package in World Superbike for years and I believe he's a good rider" - Cal Crutchlow.
Cal Crutchlow would be pleased to have Jonathan Rea alongside him in LCR Honda's proposed two rider line-up for the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.

Having signed Crutchlow to replace Stefan Bradl on its Factory class RC213V, LCR is now looking at running an additional Open class bike to accommodate a second rider.

Moto3 title leader Jack Miller has long been linked with the potential LCR seat, but Rea and fellow World Superbike race winner Eugene Laverty were present in Brno to discuss the possibility of a MotoGP move.

Rea, who has competed in WSBK with Honda since 2009, started two MotoGP races in 2012 in place of the injured Casey Stoner (pictured). Former 250GP rider Laverty - younger brother of PBM rider Michael - has been linked with LCR, Suzuki, Pramac Ducati and Forward Yamaha.

Asked by whether he would prefer to have Rea, Laverty or Miller as a possible 2015 team-mate, Crutchlow believes the former deserves a shot at MotoGP.

“If I have a preference, I'll have Johnny Rea,” he said. [Why?] “I think he's done a lot better than a lot of people would have done in his position, on his bike, for so many years. I don't believe he's had the best package in World Superbike for years and I believe he's a good rider.

“But I don't know who it will be. I don't even know if I'm having a team-mate and that's the truth. I've heard the same rumours as everyone else, but I've also been told at the moment that [the team] don't know yet either.”

Even if Crutchlow does get a team-mate, comparing data would be more difficult if each LCR rider is on a different bike specification. Team-mate or not, the Englishman believes he would still be able to access the factory Honda data.

“I've never been in a single rider team so it's difficult to say [how important sharing a team-mate's data is]. In the last three years in Tech 3 we had the data from the factory [Yamaha] team and my team-mate and now [at Ducati] I have the data from the other guys.

“Sharing data is good to be able to do. Being in a single team it might be difficult, but I can still get the factory [Honda] team's data.

“Obviously you're competing against guys and the best way to improve is to compare yourself against them, but looking at data is not always the best thing because how they go fast is not how you go fast half the time.

“There are no riders I know that really ride the same. They go fast in different areas and the benefit they take is in different areas. So it can be difficult to take data alone and try and improve as such.”

MotoGP comes to Silverstone on August 29-31, coverage starts from Friday at 8:30am and continues on Saturday and Sunday exclusively live on BT Sport.

Tagged as: Ducati , Cal Crutchlow

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