Crutchlow fears MotoGP will have no British riders after his exit

Cal Crutchlow admits he is pessimistic about the future of British talent in MotoGP, and can picture a grid devoid of riders from the UK after he stops racing

Crutchlow fears MotoGP will have no British riders after his exit

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow recently secured a one-year extension to his factory contract with the Japanese manufacturer but said he is "positive" it will be his last in MotoGP.

The 32-year-old is already set to be the only British representative in MotoGP next year, as compatriots Bradley Smith and Scott Redding have not retained their seats at KTM and Aprilia respectively for 2019.

Smith is in contention to join Aprilia as a test rider, while Redding is exploring options in World Superbikes, Moto2 and even domestic Superbike series to further his career.

Asked if he was surprised at the slump in British riders, Crutchlow said: "I'm not surprised, not in the slightest.

"I'm good friends with Brad [Smith], I'm a big supporter of his, I think he does a good job in MotoGP.

"Unfortunately for him, he wasn't fast enough in the two or three races this year he needed to be.

"But he is fast enough, that's the difficult thing in MotoGP. If you're not fast at the right time... it was two or three races, it's so cut-throat here.

"I would of course like to see Sam [Lowes, 2017 Aprilia rider] regain his form and be able to come back up [from Moto2], but it's so difficult to see anybody else that's going to come in those two years.

"We haven't even got anyone in Moto3 at the moment that you would say is fantastic, and could come to MotoGP and be competitive.

"If they come here and they're not competitive, they will be here for one year as well."

The last time the MotoGP grid was without a British rider was in 2010.

MotoGP promoter Dorna established the British Talent Cup for 2018 in order to try and encourage more UK riders into grand prix racing, and also supports the British Talent Team that ran John McPhee in Moto3 last year.

Crutchlow said he was a supporter of the initiative but warned it could take years before it produces any rider capable of progressing to the pinnacle of grand prix racing.

"I'm a big supporter of the British Talent Cup, I try and help them guys, to bring the level of riders up in the UK," said the Honda rider.

"But if I knew what to do, I would fix it, because I have the resources and money to fix it, if that's what it took.

"We are doing that along with Honda, with Dorna, many things to get to a position where we have these guys to come through. But at the moment we don't see them.

"It's sad. I can only hope that somebody comes through, but unfortunately I don't see it at the minute."

shares
comments
Dorna boss suggests Silverstone resurfaces again to keep race
Previous article

Dorna boss suggests Silverstone resurfaces again to keep race

Next article

Tito Rabat moved from UK hospital to Barcelona after MotoGP crash

Tito Rabat moved from UK hospital to Barcelona after MotoGP crash
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022