Ducati Corse announced on Saturday that it will be parting company with rider Cal Crutchlow at the end of the 2014 MotoGP™ season, as Andrea Iannone joins the factory outfit to become team-mate to Andrea Dovizioso in 2015.
Great Britain’s Crutchlow joined Ducati Team for 2014, taking the place of 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, who switched to Drive M7 Aspar. This season is Crutchlow’s fourth in the premier class, having debuted with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 outfit in 2011. Saturday’s news comes despite it having been announced on July 19 that Crutchlow would be remaining with the Italian factory next year.
For 2015, Andrea Dovizioso’s new Ducati Team partner will be Iannone, making an all-Italian line-up as the latter switches from the Pramac Racing satellite outfit.
Saturday’s short communique from Ducati Corse read, “Ducati Corse announced today that it has reached an agreement with its factory rider Cal Crutchlow to terminate, ahead of time, the contract that ties the British rider to the Italian team in MotoGP for 2014 and also for next season.
“The two factory Ducati Team riders for 2015 will now be Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.”
Later Saturday it was announced that Crutchlow will join the LCR Honda Team for the 2015 MotoGP campaign riding the Honda RC213V Factory Spec.
The 29-year-old from Isle of Man will compete with Honda HRC support and the brand-new LCR main sponsor CWM.
“We want to thank Cal for his trust in our 2015 racing project and we are excited to line up with new Team colours thanks to the cooperation with CWM,” said LCR CEO Lucio Cecchinello. “In the meantime we will keep working hard to end the current season in the best way.”