The Styrian Grand Prix, at the Red Bull Ring, will have a particular flavour as it will in a certain sense be a journey into the past. Dani Pedrosa will return to racing for KTM after three years and there will also be another ex-rider much loved by the fans on the grid, Cal Crutchlow. The Briton will race with the Petronas M1 team, replacing the injured Morbidelli.
Cal returned to Yamaha at the beginning of the year as a test rider and for the two races in Austria and the one at Silverstone he will be back as a rider.
“I’m really looking forward to being back on the grid and getting into the swing of a race weekend again, although it’s going to feel very different to the job that I’ve been doing this year as Yamaha’s test rider – commented Crutchlow - The circuit at Spielberg isn’t one that I’ve enjoyed too much in the past, however I did finish fourth in 2018 and that was a good result. It’s not a fast and flowing circuit, it’s somewhere where you need to be quick and very precise.”
Above all, the Brit will be able to enjoy the experience.
“I don’t have a target as such when it comes to results, my main aim will just be to try to improve session by session – he underlined - I’ll be working with Ramon Forcada, who knows the Yamaha bike very well. I think it will be good as Ramon was with Yamaha when I was. I’m sure it will go well; I just want to make sure that I do a good job for the team.”