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MCN: ‘Crutchlow labels Open Ducati idea as clever’

Cal Crutchlow believes it would be a ‘clever’ move for Ducati Team to run under Open regulations for the 2014 MotoGP™ season. Such a switch would allow the Italian outfit, under the leadership of new Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna, to enjoy up to 24 litres of fuel across a race distance (as opposed to 20 for Factory Option bikes) as well as the ability to work on engines during the season, whereas Factory Options will be subject to a new freeze. At the same time, Factory Options will have only five engines per rider per season, whereas Opens have 12.

"I think Gigi is very clever and I will go in which ever direction he wants because I am confident he knows what he is doing and he will make the correct decision," Crutchlow tells Motorcycle News.

"He is obviously looking at every single angle…from a perspective of racing it would be a very clever move if they do it and I will fully understand the reasons behind why they would want to do it. What Ducati need is development of the engine and I’ve always believed that is one of the key things for them. So if they have extra engines by going Open then that will obviously benefit us a lot…I’m excited to see what they are going to bring to Sepang but I think what they will bring to Sepang 2 and Phillip Island (tests) will be more in the direction of what we will be going for in the season."

MotoGP, 2014, Cal Crutchlow, Ducati Team

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