Cal Crutchlow has brought an end to intense speculation surrounding his future by signing a two year contract with the factory Ducati team. The Briton’s whereabouts for 2014 had been a hot topic throughout MotoGP but today’s announcement confirms his position with the Bologna-based outfit where he will partner Andrea Dovizioso.
Crutchlow is enjoying his best MotoGP season with Monster Yamaha Tech 3, claiming his first pole position at Assen and putting together a run of four podiums in five races but despite his success, the chances of a factory ride with Yamaha remained slim. As a result, Crutchlow has decided to switch to Ducati to secure the factory support which he hopes will drive him to Grand Prix victories in the future.
The 27 year old took to Twitter this afternoon to give his reaction to the news and offer his thanks to the team which handed him his MotoGP debut in 2011.
“So it’s now official! I will ride for Ducati next season in MotoGP. I will do my best with this project and believe that I will have great support from a manufacturer and team that believe in me. My Tech 3 team have been absolutely amazing over the last 3 years & I’ll be very very sad to leave! Certainly give them my all rest of year.”