MotoGP, Crutchlow: “If I were to stop racing now, I’d have no regrets”

“I’ve always given it my all. Aprilia? They’re improving. I’ll definitely talk to them again, but there are no options available for me right now.”

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Four races till the end of the World Championship, and Cal Crutchlow’s future is still uncertain. His only chance to continue racing in the MotoGP is Aprilia, which will only know whether Iannone will be able to ride next year or not in mid-November, after the TAS ruling.

They’re also thinking about Dovizioso in Noale. Tthe agreement is not so simple, but Cal isn’t that worried about his future.

I think I’m in a good situation with my life,” he stated. ”I did everything I could. I tried to give my best every time I got on the bike. If - I repeat, if - I were stop now, I’d be happy with what I did, because I didn’t leave anything on the table. I gave it one hundred percent. I didn’t win a World Championship, but I gave it my all. I want to keep racing, still be competitive. I’ll look at every available option, but there are none right now.” 

Going to Aprilia, however, would not be a fallback solution for him.

I don’t think there’s a lack of investments in Aprilia. They’re doing a good job,” Crutchlow said. “They have a great leader with Massimo and a great rider with Aleix. They’re improving year after year. It’s absolutely something I look at and, of course, I’ll talk to them.”

Recently, Honda's management has been criticized for the choice to move Alex Marquez to the satellite team. The British rider disagrees.

I don’t think Honda made a wrong move. Now we’ve seen it. Alex has shown he deserves a place in the MotoGP and the team he’s on, but he’ll have a factory bike next year and will be on a really good team,” was Crutchlow’s opinion. “As for Nakagami,  we all knew he would renew with Honda, and it’s a good agreement. Even if he hasn’t reached the podium yet, maybe he’ll succeed this Sunday. He’s doing a great job, and he’s riding really well. There’s no doubt about that.

The podium in the second race at Aragon is also a goal for Crutchlow, who’s still not at his best physically after arm surgery.

Last week, I had some problems in the morning, as always, then in the afternoon it went better. In the race, I was fine until five laps to the end, then I felt a bit weaker,” he said. “I was still able to brake and fight with Dovi. Not a real problem. The sensations are similar to those of when you suffer from compartment syndrome. My arm was a bit swollen this week, but it happened to me again last year when I had no problems. The real problem is the three races in a row. I was used to having a week off, so it’s hard for me, but I think I’m doing a good job.

 

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Translated by Leila Myftija

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