Cal Crutchlow will remain in MotoGP for the 2018 and 2019 seasons after signing a two-year extension to his contract ahead of this weekend’s eighth round of the 2017 season at the Dutch TT in Assen.
But the contract will be a step up from the LCR Honda deal that the double race winner has enjoyed for the past three seasons, as he’s elevated to become a factory rider supported directly by Honda Racing Corporation in Japan as a reward for both his 2016 successes and his continuing work in helping to develop the RC213V machine.
Crutchlow has been an integral part of HRC’s development for the past eighteen months as both he and the factory Repsol Honda duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa struggled to turn the difficult-to-ride machine back into the competitive race winner of the past.
"I am very happy to confirm that I will be riding for HRC with the LCR Team again for two more seasons. We have worked extremely hard over the last three seasons together and I am positive that we will enjoy more great results together. I would like to thank HRC for the great support they offer me and our team, and I look forward to giving my hundred percent to this project as always."
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