'Crutchlow to leave Yamaha for Ducati'
1 August 2013 – Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year agreement to ride for the factory Ducati team from 2014, according to BBC Sport. The Briton, who has raced with Tech 3 Yamaha since 2011, is to replace Nicky Hayden, with an announcement due on Friday.
Crutchlow, who has claimed four podium finishes so far this season, had previously explained that he wanted assurances of a factory ride – as opposed to his current satellite status – if he was to remain under Yamaha's wing for future campaigns.
With no such guarantees, Crutchlow has reportedly taken the decision to reunite with ex-Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who moved to Ducati last year, with former World Champion Hayden being told last month that he would not be retained.
The pair will lead the Italian manufacturer's bid to rise back up the MotoGP grid, with the now retired Casey Stoner recording its most recent victory at the 2010 Australian Grand Prix. This year, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi made his return to Yamaha after a largely unsuccessful two-year phase with the Audi-owned guise.
Moto 2's Pol Espargaró is set to be named as Crutchlow's replacement at Tech 3.