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Don-R

August 02, 2014 4:21 PM

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow leaves Ducati for Honda?


ducati1098: should he get a factory supported Honda then that's even better for him which could possibly lead a better ride in 2016.
He will. Cal is getting a 2015 factory Honda, same spec as Marc & Dani. Any updates will feed to the factory guys first though, so as at Tech 3, his bike may not finish the season on the same spec as the 2 Repsols.

Don-R

August 07, 2014 11:58 PM

MotoGP » Smith ready to fight for Tech 3 seat


I think Bradley might just keep his seat due to the lack of viable alternatives. All the likely options are being shut down. I know Sam Lowes was talking to Herve about riding the Tech 3 Moto2 bike before signing for the Speed Up outfit, but that would be a risky signing given the steep learning curve he's experiencing as a Moto2 rider. He is British though, and a Monster sponsored rider, so politically a good fit.

Don-R

August 02, 2014 3:46 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow out, Iannone in at Ducati


rbr46: Held out until after 31st July so Ducati are forced to pay him his 2015 salary. Clever but greedy.
He won't get paid by Ducati for 2015 if he doesn't race for them in 2015. And seeing as he's almost certainly taking a very large pay cut to drop down into a satellite team, I'd suggest it's racing ambition rather than greed that's providing the impetus for the move.

Don-R

August 05, 2014 10:07 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow approaching Indy ‘same as always’


Some folks claim Crutchlow is hopeless with the media. Well he and his management have just used the media to 'encourage' Ducati to fund a factory Honda ride for him next year. Not too shabby a move for someone who is allegedly non-media savvy. Not to mention that Ducati themselves did a U-turn on an agreed contract back in 2012, forcing CC to go cap-in-hand back to Tech 3 for another season. The code may be strict when it comes to rules on track, but when it comes to team and management politics, anything goes. And Ducati play the game the same way as everyone else.

Don-R

August 02, 2014 4:00 PM

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow leaves Ducati for Honda?


Why say anything at all if next year isn't sorted out yet????
Looks like part of a strategy to get Ducati to cough up a large severance package. In expressing an intention to stay, Cal and his management have squeezed a handsome pay-off out of Ducati to 'smooth' the exit which he wouldn't have got if he'd agreed to simply exercise his option to leave. People say Crutchlow isn't savvy with the media, but it seems to me they've been played pretty effectively here. (Some more than others.)

Don-R

August 02, 2014 4:30 PM
Last Edited 18 days ago

MotoGP » Crutchlow out, Iannone in at Ducati


rbr46:100% Cal has got some form of compensation. Ducati wanted rid of him so they have to pay up.
Totally. And a much handsomer pay-off than if he'd agreed to go without a struggle. He won't get his 2015 salary though. This way he gets a severance package that effectively subsidises his ride on a 2015 factory Honda. Smart.


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