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MotoGP, Crutchlow: “I have three wild cards with Yamaha in 2024, I don’t think I’ll do any more”

“Things change, like regulations change, but I don't think I’ll do more wild cards than we had already planned. What Yamaha lacks are bikes on the track, so we have to focus on the pre-season tests.”

MotoGP: Crutchlow: “I have three wild cards with Yamaha in 2024, I don’t think I’ll do any more”


It seems like Yamaha isn’t very keen on taking advantage of the three extra wild cards, which are allowed by the new MotoGP concessions system. Even if they fall within the “D” category that, among other things, allows for up to six wild cards during the season (with a maximum of three in the period prior to the summer test ban and a maximum of three in the following one), Yamaha  is quite inclined to sticking to the original plan they had already agreed upon with their tester, Cal Crutchlow.

It’s all pretty new. With the new concessions, there are many different scenarios that could occur, but we had already planned that I would most likely do three wild cards. I don’t think I’ll do any more, even if things change, like regulations do,” 38-year-old British rider explained during the tests in Valencia, as reported by colleagues from

The idea of bringing the M1 to the track on a race weekend doesn’t seem to particularly excite Cal, who’s still in negotiations with Yamaha to define the tracks on which he’ll be racing.

I know two of the wild cards, but the other one is still being negotiated, because I don’t want to do it at all! So we’re trying to change things a bit,” said the Coventry-born rider who, in 2023, did his first wild card in Motegi, since taking on the role of test rider for the Japanese company. 

Left with only two bikes of the official team on the starting grid, after separating from the RNF team at the end of 2022, Yamaha is at a clear disadvantage compared to the other brands, seeing that they can all count on the data of at least four bikes. It is precisely for this reason that, for Crutchtlow, the winter tests will play a crucial role for the Japanese manufacturer, rather than the wild cards to be carried out during the season.

What Yamaha lacks are bikes on the track. We only have two bikes, so we have to do all the tests we can do in the pre-season, which we haven’t done in the past two seasons,” Cal pointed out.”I think this impedes our riders a lot when they arrive at the first race of the year.”

Also in this perspective, the new concession system will be opportune for Yamaha, which will allow Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins to take to the track during the Shakedown of the tests in Malaysia. It also gives the Iwata constructor the opportunity to carry out private tests with a limit of 260 tires, which can also be carried out with the riders and on any circuit on the calendar.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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