CWM LCR Honda riders Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller unveiled their 2015 MotoGP race livery during a team launch in London on Wednesday night.
LCR's livery has featured many smaller brands and colours in previous seasons, while rotating the role of title sponsor. But the addition of new main sponsor CWM has resulted in a very different, all-white, look:
|2015 LCR Honda|
For the first time since joining MotoGP in 2006, Lucio Cecchinello's team will be running two riders, having signed Crutchlow for the factory class RC213V and added an RC213V-RS Open class bike for star rookie Miller.
|Cal Crutchlow with 2015 LCR Honda|
It is Crutchlow's third team and machine change in as many years, having previously switched from Tech 3 Yamaha to the Factory Ducati squad in successive seasons.
The Englishman will be aiming to pick-up where he left off on satellite machinery at Tech 3, having claimed four podiums, two poles and fifth overall in the 2013 World Championship.
”I made the decision to move to the CWM LCR Honda Team when I sat down with Lucio and Anthony [Constantinou, CEO of CWM] and I saw the passion that everybody involved had,” said Crutchlow, who took one rostrum last season at Ducati.
“I knew I wanted to get back to the ways of challenging for the podium on a regular basis, fighting to be the best satellite rider and then beating the factory guys as and when we can. So the passion and drive from the two companies of CWM and LCR will hopefully bring me back to the front.
“I had a good end to 2014, and I am confident that form will continue into 2015.”
|Jack Miller with 2015 LCR Honda|
20-year-old Miller is jumping straight to the premier-class from Moto3, where he finished title runner-up to Alex Marquez last season.
”It's been great since I came into the CWM LCR Honda Team, from the very first test in Valencia and then through the winter period we have been working closely together and it's all been so positive, we seem to be hitting it off pretty well so far anyway!” ,” said the Australian.
“The Honda is an animal, that's for sure, but I'm enjoying it more every time I ride it; anyone who watched me in Moto3 will know I love to throw a wheelie, and I love them even more with this bike! I just can't wait for the season to get started.”
Cecchinello added: “This is a special moment in my career; to be working side by side with Honda HRC, working with Cal who is a competitive rider and a proven front-runner, and working with Jack who is clearly very talented and represents the future.
“We have the support of an important company in CWM FX, alongside many of our long-term sponsors, and combined this makes a fantastic challenge for me. This is the beginning of a new chapter for the team and I will do my best to reward all the people involved in this project with results.”
Crutchlow and Miller were 11th and 20th respectively in the opening Sepang test. The second Malaysian test takes place next week.
Lone rider Stefan Bradl finished ninth in last year's world championship for LCR. The German has moved to Forward Yamaha for 2015.