Crutchlow to leave Ducati at end of 2014
2 August 2014 – Cal Crutchlow will leave Ducati at the end of the 2014 season, with Andrea Iannone replacing him.
At the World Ducati Week a fortnight ago, Crutchlow stated that he would be seeing out his two-year contract with the Italian manufacturer, but Ducati has now announced that the parties are to go their separate ways.
"Ducati Corse announced today that it has reached an agreement with its factory rider Cal Crutchlow to terminate, ahead of time, the contract that ties the British rider to the Italian team in MotoGP for the next season.
"The two factory Ducati Team riders for 2015 will now be Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone."
Crutchlow made the switch to Ducati after an impressive third campaign with the Tech 3 Yamaha squad, which yielded two pole positions and four podiums. The 28-year-old replaced former World Champion Nicky Hayden.
But he has struggled so far in 2014, with a sixth place finish in Qatar his best result from eight appearances.
Crutchlow has been linked with LCR Honda for 2015. The team currently runs one bike for Stefan Bradl.