Dek Crutchlow, father of Ducati’s MotoGP star Cal, has had his application to race at the Isle of Man Classic TT rejected.
After a 13-year absence, the ex-World Endurance racer was looking forward to a return to racing. However, all is not lost because the news could open the door for a ride on a Ducati 899 Panigale in the TriOptions Cup at Cadwell Park over the same August Bank Holiday weekend.
68-year old Crutchlow Snr was pinning his hopes on making his Classic TT debut in the Formula 1 & 2 race on board his good friend’s Honda RC30 but the event is already heavily oversubscribed with an impressive entry list and unfortunately Crutchlow’s application was not successful. This leaves the likes of TT regulars John McGuinness, Keith Amor, Ryan Farquhar and Gary Johnson to line up alongside a host of super-quick and super-competitive classic bike racers.
Often found hanging off the pit wall clad head-to-toe in Ducati gear, a streamline Crutchlow Snr., having recently lost 2 ½ stones, told Bike Social,
“At Laguna Seca a few years ago I bumped into an old mate of mine from Coventry who was a Honda mechanic and he now lives in Canada but he asked me if I’d be interested in racing his 1989 RC30 at the Classic TT. I remembered the bike from his Coventry days and it was an absolute beauty. He’s an excellent mechanic and he used to work for Honda so I know it would be well prepared with plenty of trick bits!”
“I know the organisers had plenty of entries and were seeding the elite boys and quick classic guys first before the has-beens like me, so I didn’t hold out much hope.”
“It’s bummer but I’m still planning to do some classic endurance races on the bike at Spa and Paul Ricard so that’ll be fun. At least John McGuinness doesn’t have to wait for me anymore!”
Because of his 13 year absence from racing, his application to race at the Classic TT meant he required a Mountain Licence and to get that he needed to race in 6 different events. So, for those who were at Brands Hatch at the beginning of April you may have spotted Dek on board a Ninja 300 in the Kawasaki National Junior Cup & Senior 300 Series where he secured four top-10 finishes.