Crutchlow set for first MotoGP test in Japan

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Cal Crutchlow is expected to get his first ride on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 he will campaign in MotoGP next season at a private test in Japan next month.

The two time WSB race winner has revealed to MCN that the proposed option of competing in the final round of the MotoGP WSB championship at Valencia is now unlikely.

Speaking to MCN he said: “It kind of came down to the choice of doing two tests in Japan or racing at Valencia. While it would be good to get a race under my belt, the reasons are the same as to why I turned down the ride earlier in the year when Valentino got injured.

“I’d be turning up to ride a bike I’ve never even sat on before with Bridgestone tyres and carbon brakes. For me a private test is the best way to get your first ride on a new bike.”

Crutchlow will still get to test in Valencia after the final MotoGP race of the year on 7th November.

The 24 year old still has two WSB rounds remaining with races at Imola and Magny Cours where he will aim to continue his impressive run of form and overhaul Spaniard Carlos Checa to fourth in the overall championship standings.

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider