Official: Crutchlow to make Ducati switch
2 August 2013 – It has been confirmed that Cal Crutchlow will switch from Tech 3 Yamaha to the factory Ducati squad next season, the 27-year-old Briton signing a two-year agreement.
Crutchlow replaces 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, and will reunite with former Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who moved to Ducati at the end of last year.
Although he has secured six podium finishes – four this season – since joining Tech 3 in 2011, Crutchlow has long expressed a desire to race for a works MotoGP team, something Yamaha chiefs were unable to guarantee ahead of the 2014 campaign.
Ducati, now owned by German marque Audi, has not secured a MotoGP victory since Casey Stoner triumphed on home soil at the 2010 Australian Grand Prix, while Dovizioso and Hayden have failed to reach the podium so far this season.
Crutchlow will be replaced at the Tech 3 outfit by Moto2 title contender Pol Espargaró. The Spaniard, 22, has signed a two-year contract, with Bradley Smith also retained.