Britain’s Cal Crutchlow is to leave current MotoGP squad Ducati at the close of the 2014 season after signing a contract with the LCR Honda squad for 2015.
Crutchlow joined Ducati after three successful years at the Yamaha Tech 3 squad, claiming he needed to be in a factory team to secure his long-term MotoGP future. However, the liaison with the Italian team has proved hugely disappointing for the Briton and included missing the Argentinian round early in the season after injury sustained in Austin.
His place in the Ducati garage is to be taken – somewhat unsurprisingly – by Andrea Iannone, who currently rides for the satellite Ducati ‘B team’ Pramac. Iannone has impressed over the first half of the season, challenging for poles and strong finishes in the top six and will join compatriot Andrea Dovizioso from 2015 onwards. Dovizioso for his part recently agreed a two year contract extension with Ducati.