Cal Crutchlow: Don't expect shocks in 2016 MotoGP season

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow is not anticipating a major shake-up at the front of the MotoGP field this year, with the introduction of the series' new electronics and tyres

Cal Crutchlow: Don't expect shocks in 2016 MotoGP season

Riders from the Yamaha and Honda factory squads have been vocal with their concerns about both new elements, while a number of satellite riders such as Crutchlow had to wait until Sepang's test to even try the control software.

Ducati gains have been predicted from many within the paddock, along with the chance for an early upset result by a satellite rider, but Crutchlow is predicting Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will again fill the top four places come November.

When asked by Autosport if he sensed an opportunity to challenge the factory teams, Crutchlow said: "I hope so.

"But I think the top four riders will still be the same top four riders, because a factory rider is a factory rider for a reason.

"The Yamaha and Honda riders are those riders for a reason.

"The best riders are with the best teams and the best bikes.

"They have the best equipment, they are paid the best salaries, treated the best and it makes life a lot easier for them.

"I don't think it's just about the riders, I don't think it's just about what package they're on as such, it's a whole combination of things.

"Obviously we always want to break that duck, to try and go with those guys, and there's no reason why we can't do it again."

LCR VIBE OUTWEIGHED HONDA STRUGGLES

Crutchlow says the feeling he got working with Lucio Cecchinello's squad was behind his decision to stay, following a tough season with Ducati, despite despite dubbing the Honda probably the "most-difficult bike" he had ever ridden in the class.

"We had quite a few problems in a few races last year, but I felt more comfortable in the team I was in," he added.

"I was happy with the way things went, I was happy with the support from Honda, so that was why I re-signed for another two years.

"Sure, things can always change, I can always get better, I can always get worse, that's what sport is, that's what motorcycle racing is.

"But hopefully this year it will be another good season."

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