Crutchlow considering WSBK and Moto2

Cal Crutchlow is confident he will be riding for a factory-backed World Superbike Championship team in 2010, but admits he is not ruling out the possibility of defecting to the newly formed Moto2 series.

The Yamaha rider has taken the World Supersport Championship by storm this season and is now just four races away from becoming the first non-Ten Kate Honda rider to win the title since 2001.

Although the rider market currently stagnant as the series heads into its summer break, attention is nonetheless beginning to turn towards 2010, with Crutchlow expected to occupy the top of many 'wanted' lists.

Indeed, while Crutchlow wouldn't be drawn on any specific interest from perspective employers, he reveals he has been approached by 'a couple of factory teams'.

“My plans are good,” he told “I am sitting on a few offers from World Superbikes teams, including a couple of factory teams. It is an honour to be thought of in that sense, but I want to win the [Supersport] title first. I was employed by Yamaha to win the title and that is what I want to concentrate on.

Crutchlow is particularly confident that he could be riding a factory Yamaha in 2010, hinting at a clause in his contract that stipulates he can graduate to Superbikes if his results in Supersports are good enough.

His comments come despite Yamaha WSB boss Massimo Meregalli, in an interview with, stating his desire to retain Ben Spies and Tom Sykes next season.

“I have a good team of people behind me who are working on next year and in a few weeks they will come to me and say 'this is what is on the table, what do you want to do',” he added. “I know what I've been told and there is no reason to suggest I won't be on a World Superbike Yamaha next year. It would be stupid if it wasn't in my contract.”

Despite his World Superbike options, Crutchlow adds he is seriously considering a move to the new Moto2 series, pointing out that it will be the quicker route to reaching his target of MotoGP.

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assen03 - Unregistered

July 30, 2009 10:37 AM

Suzuki SBK need a good rider, Cal's your man! Yukio is well past his sell by date, and Max is good, but hasn't done it yet! Mr Batta - get on that phone to Cal!!!!

VRob - Unregistered

July 31, 2009 3:55 AM

@damo You're not giving the guy nearly enough credit. First of all, this is Crutchlow's rookie year and he doesn't know most of the circuits. None of the riders you mention managed anything like the same level in their rookie years - even Sofuoglu on the Ten Kate Honda. Secondly, in terms of total wins to starts ratio, non of the others come close, with again the distant closest being Sofuoglu. Quite simply, the class hasn't seen dominance like this before. How that translates to other classes nobody really knows yet. But in terms of WSS, Crutchlow is setting new markers as the best in class.

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