Cal Crutchlow says he was looking for consistency in his MotoGP future and reveals he had always intended to re-sign for LCR Honda after committing to a new one-year deal, with a further option for 2017.
After racing for three different MotoGP manufacturers in the past three seasons, the English rider announced he would be staying with Lucio Cecchinello's team next year ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
“Lucio runs a fantastic team I am very pleased to be with Honda again they have worked very hard for me this year,” Crutchlow said, at the BT Sport launch of the British GP in London. “It is very nice to have some consistency with the manufacturer so I'm really looking forward to concentrating on the rest of this year and into next year.”
Crutchlow, who is the only satellite rider to claim a rostrum in 2015, also says his mind had been made up for quite some time to stay with LCR Honda and the contract talks were straightforward for all parties.
“I knew quite a few races ago I would be staying with Honda,” he explained. “We discussed internally that I wanted to stay with the team and they are behind me 100%.
“I was quite settled anyway but the last few races haven't gone how we wanted them to go. Consistency is the key and more time riding the Honda will pay off in the end.
“We're enjoying it and building it up as best as possible. The last race didn't go to plan but hopefully at Silverstone we can turn that back around.”
“BT Sport is the home of MotoGP in the UK with every race exclusively live throughout the season. Coverage of the 2015 Octo British Grand Prix starts on Friday at 9am on BT Sport 2 with the MotoGP race live from 12:45 on Sunday and for the first time in Ultra High Definition on BT Sport Ultra HD.”