MotoGP: Crutchlow ‘quite positive’ that new contract will be his last

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After announcing earlier this week that he has signed a one-year HRC contract extension to remain with LCR Honda, Cal Crutchlow has revealed that this latest deal may well be his last in MotoGP. 

Despite being happy with both his current and latest contract extension, the Brit could call time on racing after nine seasons of premier class racing in order to pursue other avenues of life, such as taking his daughter Willow to school every day.

Speaking to the press earlier today, the factory-supported Honda rider said: “I’m quite positive that this will be my last contract. I don’t want to race forever, but again that could change.

"The deal I had put in front of me was an unbelievable one and I was very lucky that we had already basically said that I would extend my contract when I was leading the championship earlier in the year. We just waited until now to announce it and let everybody get over the fact that Jorge will be riding a Honda next year and announced.

"I was very happy with the deal that got put in front of me, it’s probably very close to my best deal in MotoGP - even though I’m on a superb deal now."

This is not the first time Crutchlow has threatened with retirement news, previously claiming that his current deal to the end of 2018 would also be his last.

"Things can change, but I want to take my daughter to school as well and things like that. I don’t need to do this anymore and I have so many other things going on with investments and things like that, that it would be easy to stop. But I still love what I do – that’s the main thing. I’ve always said when I don’t love it and don’t get motivated, then I won’t bother doing it."

Crutchlow goes into Saturday’s free practice and qualifying sessions second fastest, 0.005 off of Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade