British rider Cal Crutchlow says he feels Repsol Honda should have offered Aussie Jack Miller the chance to ride the factory RCV at his home race this weekend at Phillip Island.
American star Nicky Hayden, who won the title for Repsol Honda in 2006, got the nod to replace the injured Dani Pedrosa, who suffered a broken collarbone in a massive high-side at Motegi.
In Thursday's pre-race press conference, Crutchlow said he wasn't disappointed not to be offered the chance to ride the factory Honda, adding that Marc VDS rider Miller would have been his choice for the vacant seat.
“No [I'm not disappointed]. Obviously we know I ride for LCR and it's as simple as that. As much as I've helped the factory team over the year and I do some testing for them and give them information, I'm also a Monster Energy athlete and they have a different energy drink sponsor,” Crutchlow said.
“I thought the natural call to be honest was for them to call Jack, to be racing at his home Grand Prix on a Repsol bike. Obviously it's not down to me, that's just my opinion.
“It's good to see Nicky back also and it's going to be an entertaining weekend. We can obviously see there's going to be quite a few Hondas challenging at the front this weekend, so it'd be good if he could join the fight as well.”
Crutchlow clinched his maiden MotoGP success in the wet this season at Brno in the Czech Republic, but the British star isn't hoping for more inclement weather at Phillip Island.
“I would not say I'm in fantastic form but I think the team is happy enough with the way things are going. I made a stupid mistake in Motegi, which probably put me out of contention for the podium immediately,” he said.
“I was disappointed about that because I felt that we had a strong plan for the end of the race with the hard front tyre. We'll see what this weekend brings and I'm looking forward to racing at Phillip Island – it's been a kind circuit to me over the years, except for the last lap in 2014!
“I don't want it to rain, that's for sure. I think people think that because I have a wet race win, you always want it to rain – I never want it to rain because it's a disaster half the time, not just for me but for everybody: the crowd and the teams,” Crutchlow added.
“We prefer it dry and I think we all need the dry track time here because it's a circuit where you have to be in a rhythm all weekend to be competitive come Sunday.
“Everybody's in the same boat and it's the same for the guys on the other side of the grid. We'll have to take it as it comes and try our best whatever happens.”