Crutchlow on Ducati evolution, Lorenzo future

Monday, 20 January 2014

Ahead of his racing debut with Ducati this season, Englishman Cal Crutchlow has spent the winter working hard in California - preparing himself for preseason testing and round one of 2014 at Qatar. 

He updated motogp.com on what he’s been getting up to over recent weeks, his marriage and honeymoon, the evolution of the Ducati Desmosedici and the recent media speculation about the future of his friend and rival Jorge Lorenzo.

Describing his winter so far Crutchlow explained, "Two weeks after the final race at Valencia we came to California, where we’ve spent winter recently. At the beginning of January we got married in La Hoya and it was just a perfect day. For me it was the highlight of the year and we’re excited about the future together."

Regarding the home building day he and wife Lucy took time out of their honeymoon in Mexico to get involved in, Crutchlow commented, "We came across the project through a friend, it was a great opportunity and we did it with ‘Homes of Hope’ and ‘Do More Than Sport’. We have a fantastic time traveling and we’re lucky to have the lifestyle that we have, so we wanted to give something back to those who are not as fortunate as us. It was a humbling experience. For the people we built for their family means everything to them and now they have a proper home."

Describing his physical preparation when not riding a MotoGP™ prototype he stated, "There is not much to it other than running and cycling really. I just can’t go to the gym because as soon as I start to do that I put on muscle and I get heavier. Clearly lighter guys have an advantage in MotoGP so I have to be careful as I’m already one of the heavier guys."

"The older anyone gets the harder it is to lose weight. My body fat % right now is around 8% which is perfect for traveling and perfect for racing in MotoGP. I’m doing what I can and I’m pleased with the work I’m doing physically. I have a lot friends who come out here to California to train, they are professional cyclists and we have a great time on the bicycles. Long days, hard days. No doubt about it, MotoGP is a very physical sport."

Looking ahead to the forthcoming return to testing at Sepang early in February and his communication with Ducati on how the Desmosedici has evolved during the winter, the 28 year-old added, "The first test will be an initial shakedown when you’ve had so much time off the bike. Riding around Malaysia for three days is not easy. So you have to get back into riding shape."

"I’ve just this second got off the phone to Gigi (Luigi Dall’Igna - Ducati Corse General Manager). Communication is absolutely key. I speak with Daniele Romagnoli every couple of days to stay updated with what’s going on. But I’m not going to tell you the plan as that’s part of racing in MotoGP! With the ‘Open’ class story I know nothing about it so as far as I’m aware I’m riding a MotoGP bike for Ducati."

When asked about whether he feels there could be some weight to rumours that Ducati could approach Lorenzo for a 2015 ride, despite Yamaha and Lorenzo already quashing the speculation, Crutchlow commented, "I believe that maybe there is truth in it. As Jorge has said himself, every manufacturer is going to want to speak to him. Of course Lin (Jarvis – Yamaha Factory Racing, Managing Director) is going to deny it because he wants to keep him. I hope he (Jorge) makes the right decision on where he goes."

"It would be a big challenge for him if he did come to Ducati, but I know nothing about it. The best guys to ask are the bosses of the manufacturers. Of course Jorge will deny it too, as he will want to speak to the current manufacturer that he is with. If he did come to Ducati in 2015 when I’m still there it would not affect me in the slightest, though he would bring a wealth of data and a lot of speed."

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