Crutchlow: Gentle Pedrosa style wouldn't suit Honda MotoGP test role

Cal Crutchlow believes the retiring Dani Pedrosa would not make a good test rider for the Honda MotoGP squad

Crutchlow: Gentle Pedrosa style wouldn't suit Honda MotoGP test role

Pedrosa will bring his 13-year MotoGP career to an end later this year, but has received offers to become a test rider in 2019 from both Honda and KTM.

But satellite LCR rider Crutchlow, who has similar specification machinery to factory Honda riders Marc Marquez and Pedrosa and is involved in the RC213V bike's development, said Pedrosa's riding style is too peculiar for testing work.

"Dani is a fantastic rider, he's won 30 races or something in MotoGP, but he's a very special rider," said Crutchlow.

"He's not a very neutral rider. He is so gentle with the throttle, so gentle with the brake, which is not how most people ride.

"Marc's special because of what he can do on the bike, nobody else can do it, [but] the way Dani rides is very special [too].

"They need someone who is a lot more neutral, like Stefan [Bradl]. Stefan does a good job as a test rider because he's a neutral rider.

"I think the information he gives, or the data they can read from him riding, is more of a normal rider."

Crutchlow described current Honda tester Bradl as a "madman" after the German ended his wildcard outing in Brno earlier this month by crashing into both Maverick Vinales and Bradley Smith on the opening lap.

But Crutchlow insisted that did not mean he doubted Bradl's abilities.

"I don't think he's a bad test rider, I never said that, I said he was a madman in the [Brno] race," Crutchlow added.

"My criticism was not against his test riding at all, or against his ability, because his ability is Moto2 champion and podium finisher in MotoGP.

"But he was a madman in the race, complete madman."

Pedrosa recently told Autosport that accepting any test rider duties next season would "depend on my motivation".

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