Cal Crutchlow is a rider you either love or hate. He definitely leaves an impression, especially when he speaks. He's not afraid to say what he thinks or to attract criticism. Last season, he thought of retiring at the end of this year, but then his plans changed, so much so that he's already started talking to Honda about a renewal.
“I had only said I could have stopped in late 2020. It's inevitable that, sooner or later, a rider will say something like that," he said in an interview with The Race.
The LCR rider is in California now with his wife, Lucy, and daughter, Willow, and he doesn't mind family life.
"Don't interpret my words the wrong way, but the other riders have nothing else in their lives except riding a motorcycle," he explained "It was like that for me too, but now I have Lucy and Willow, a normal family life, instead of just sitting at home waiting for the next race."
This, however, does not mean that this forced haiatus for Cal is a walk in the park.
“I would be lying if I said it's not difficult because, for an athlete on certain level, it's hard not to have a date or a schedule. Our whole life revolves around this, and now we no longer have it. We have to adapt," he said.
The desire to get back on the bike is there.
“I love to race. It's my passion, but I like to be fast and competitive. I don't do motocross, and I don't go out on the road with a standard bike. I don't even train with bikes, and I'm sure it's tough for those who are used to doing it. The only one who has the chance is Miller. We can expect Jack to win the first race with a 30 second lead, because he'll be the only one who will remember where the brakes and accelerator are,” he said jokingly.
Crutchlow is dedicating himself to cycling, his other great passion, but without exaggerating.
“The other riders are all crazy. They're already going full throttle. I think training as if we were in January is useless. There's no fixed date for when we'll be back on the bike. If you do, you'd be wiped out by August," he said.
Thinking about returning to the track, the British rider would agree to a test before an actual GP.
"It would be safer to have a test before racing, not only for the riders, but for everyone," he said "We work with the best technicians in the world, but we'll all have to get back on the bike."
Cal agrees on the stop on development.
"Some, who thought they would take a big step forward from 2020 to 2021, will be more affected, but we have an already very competitive line-up," is his opinion. "In the tests, a bike was particularly strong, but if I say wich it is, it'll have a advantage. The riders still make a big difference."