CAN CRUTCHLOW TAME THE DUCATI FACTORY MACHINES? HAYDEN’S REPLACEMENT FINALLY REVEALED.

Andrea Dovizioso (04), Cal Crutchlow (35)

Andrea Dovizioso (04), Cal Crutchlow (35)

Ducati is due to officially announce tomorrow (2nd August) that Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year deal to ride in MotoGP for the Ducati factory team throughout the 2014/15 season.

Crutchlow has taken four podium positions with his Team 3 so far this season but Yamaha were reportedly unwilling to offer assurances of a factory ride and for this reason it appears Crutchlow has seized the opportunity to join Ducati.
With only three full factory teams riding in the MotoGP, Ducati can offer Crutchlow the technology, support and innovation that he deserves to excel at the sport. Factory teams will inevitably benefit from higher spec machinery before it is released to other teams who simply lease their bikes from the manufacturers.
Ducati have struggled in recent years, with their last win being when Casey Stoner took victory at the Australian Grand Prix in 2010.
Earlier this year seven-time champion Valentino Rossi joined Yamaha after a two-year spell with Ducati in which he secured only three podiums.
Following the takeover of Ducati by Audi, there have been a lot of changes within the management structure of the MotoGP project as it is very much viewed as a showcase for the brand.
Related to the announcement on Friday, Yamaha are set to announce Pol Espargaro as Crutchlow’s replacement in the Tech 3 team shortly after Ducati’s announcement.
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