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Crutchlow on moving to Ducati Team

For the first time, Cal Crutchlow has explained in great detail his decision to switch from Monster Yamaha Tech3 to Ducati Team.

Since making his MotoGP™ debut in 2011, Crutchlow has always competed with the French Tech3 outfit which last year helped to deliver his first ever podium finish. During the mid-summer break which ends at Indianapolis this weekend, it was confirmed that the Englishman had signed with Ducati for the next two seasons.

"After Laguna we decided that we were going to stay in America and take a break here, but it wasn’t too much of a break," he smiled in Thursday’s press conference at Indianapolis. "We had a busy first week and then we obviously released that I will be riding for Ducati next year. I am really pleased and it was nice to get that done, as we can now settle for the rest of the year and see how that goes."

Crutchlow added that the most difficult part of his decision was waving goodbye to an outfit with which he has become particularly attached since joining MotoGP™.

"Yes, there are pros and cons for everything," he continued. "The most difficult thing was making the phone call to Herve (Poncharal, Team Manager for Monster Yamaha Tech3). It was quite an emotional phone call. It was a difficult decision to make but I am pleased to have secured my future. My main focus for now is to continue riding for Tech3 and then hopefully we can take that motivation into next year."

The move means that, in 2014, Crutchlow will be reunited with Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso who was first a teammate at Tech3 for the 2012 season.

"I think there is a lot to be improved," Crutchlow admitted of the Ducati bike. "The strong point is that it is fast, but the rest I don’t know. It’s too early to turn around and make a comment. I don’t know whether at the moment it suits my style and doesn’t suit others guys, but at the moment I can’t comment.

"I would never make a comment on the way guys have ridden it - it’s not for me to say. Obviously Valentino (Rossi) has ridden it, Andrea (Dovizioso) and Nicky (Hayden). How do I know I won’t just jump on it and I won’t need to make a change at all? Obviously it needs to improve but it is too early to comment on others."

Regarding the Ducati deal itself, Crutchlow explained:

"As I said, Yamaha and the team I am riding for is great. It was a difficult decision to leave, but in terms of a contract I believe the one I was being offered was a lot better than the one I have. I spoke with people around me and with Herve. It wasn’t tough in the sense of anything else, but it was tough to leave the team."

Halfway through the 2013 season, Crutchlow lies fifth in the Riders’ Championship and 37 points in arrears of leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), while highest-placed Ducati rider Dovizioso is seventh and 82 points behind the leader.

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MotoGP, 2013, Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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