Cal races to win
He's said so in the Motomatters interview. He wants to test himself against the best and try and beat them. It's what some people are driven to do. For others, just the enjoyment of competing is enough, but at Motogp level you aren't afforded that luxury and results count.
If he goes to Ducati and doesn't win a race, he may pick up a fat ceque, but where does that leave him? An empty feeling of not having been able to test himself against the best on equal machinery to see whether he can do it.
Do multiple championships matter? Subjective. But when you rip off that start line there is only one thought in your head and that's to thrash the crap out of everyone else. I can't see how he is going to mentally tune himself to sitting on the grid knowing he has gone from a bike that can do that to one that most likely can't. Big gamble.
If Monster value him that much, why is it not possible to field a factory spec Tech3 bike financed by them. I still can't believe Yamaha don't have the resources to run one. They've already said that Cal's bike is virtually factory so what is the resource issue in giving it the final upgrades? Can't or won't? Monster must be awash with money the amount of sponsorship they field. Financially they could surely provide what's missing.
Unless the LCR deal comes off, Tech3 has to be his best bet but whichever, it's difficult to see a place for Cal in either the official Honda or Yamaha teams. As someone has already said - unfortunate timing. But a full factory Tech3 bike would be just as good.
If Smith's contract is watertight and Yamaha have signed Espargaro, put Espargaro on a Tech3 CRT bike for a year - Monster money could again finance that and run three bikes next year with Espargaro bringing his own crew to service him. No idea how the logistics would work, maybe they couldn't. Then sort it out in 2015 when Suzuki and maybe more will be on the grid.
Dorna are apparently not happy about the number of Spaniards in Motogp and they are keen to see some non-Spanish riders on decent bikes