Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 02 Aug 2014
Cal Crutchlow will make a shock switch to LCR Honda for the 2015 season, despite saying he’d remain at Ducati just two weeks ago, according to reports in various European media outlets.
The Brit has endured a torrid season aboard Ducati’s Desmosedici GP14, finishing just four of the nine races so far. Speculation was rife about Crutchlow’s future but all had seemingly been resolved when the 28 year old announced he’d remain with Bologna factory at Ducati’s annual World Ducati week a fortnight ago.
Just over a week later, whispers emerged that Crutchlow could still exercise his option to leave Ducati providing he’d made a decision by midnight on July 31. Now two key European media outlets, Speedweek.de and GPone.com are reporting that Crutchlow has signed a deal to ride with LCR Honda for the 2015 season, receiving similar support to that of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa early in the season.
It sounds like the split was amicable, with Ducati wanting space in the factory team for Andrea Iannone to move up alongside Dovizioso, who announced he’d be staying with the team for two more years.
The move sees Stefan Bradl ousted from the Lucio Cechinello outfit after failing to impress in his two and a half seasons with the squad. The German is expected to move to NGM Forward Racing with further rumours that Yamaha will continue to supply the team with their chassis as well as M1 engines despite stating otherwise earlier this season.
No official announcement has yet been made.