Cal Crutchlow has confounded paddock speculation by confirming in a special event at World Ducati Week in Misano that he will take the option in his contract to remain with the Bologna team for the 2015 MotoGP season.
Struggling with the Ducati package since making the move from Tech3 Yamaha, he has been the victim of numerous mechanical and electrical problems. This, combined with his vocal nature about the development of theGP14 machine, had let many to speculate he would exercise a ‘get out early’ clause in his contract, having been linked to the new Suzuki project as well as the satellite Honda of LCR.
However, with Ducati promising that the GP15 machine would be a completely different bike to the current iteration, combined with faith in team boss Gigi Dall’inga, the Brit will now remain as part of the factory team for a second year.
Speaking at the press conference at the Misano event, where he continues to recover from surgery to alleviate arm pump, he told the media he wasn’t prepared to give up on the team.
“I'll never give up, and I’m confident the new bike for next season will be more suited to challenging the other factory teams. I need to gain the confidence to ride fast again, but next year I’m optimistic of coming back to the front.”
His teammate Andrea Dovizioso, also linked to the Suzuki seat, also announced at the event that he has signed a new two year deal toremain on the Desmosedici.