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Saturday, 06 February 2016
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MotoGP, Cecchinello calls Crutchlow at Honda!

- MotoGP

Lucio Cecchinello - GPOne.comWhen we were at WDW we wrote: there will be three “red” Ducati on track in 2015 but after all the official Ducati might be only two: those of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.

Cal Crutchlow, in fact, right now is trying to break free from the contract that would tie him to Borgo Panigale in 2015.

As we know, the British rider had an option in his favour that Ducati has made us believe had been exercised during the Misano weekend. And maybe Cal had really said yes to Claudio Domenicali. Except reconsidering it when Bob Moore, his manager, got a last-minute offer from Lucio Cecchinello to race the RC213V of Stefan Bradl.

"It went like this: despite HRC had made us clear that they were no longer interested in Stefan, we still made an offer to him, only too late - Lucio Cecchinello explains - Bradl had already accepted a proposal from Cuzari for a Yamaha in the Team Forward. At this point, given that in the meantime CWM, a British financial company, confirmed us its support, we resumed our negotiations with Crutchlow ... ".

It is not clear at this point if the Brit has effectively exercised his option and if he's therefore trying to get rid of the agreement. What is certain is that Moore is trying to speak with Claudio Domenicali, which suggests that the trap has fallen and that now it is up to the Ducati CEO to release the rider.

In fact the time to exercise the option expired yesterday, July 31. And this goes one of two ways: either Cal has not exercised his option and he thus is free and on the market, (and therefore wouldn’t need Domenicali) or he said yes to Ducati a few days ago and now he has to beg to be released.

Said that if Crutchlow leaves, Gigi Dall'Igna has one less problem to deal with not being forced to setting up and run three official Desmosedici bikes.

But what if Cal will be forced to stay?

"Only Alvaro Bautista has remained on the market", Lucio Cecchinello admits without hesitation.

And what about Jack Miller?

"At the moment we do not know the decisions of Honda on this matter".

So probably for Jack there will be an Open RCV1000R with pneumatic valves.


Translated by Federica De Zottis