Crutchlow wants Honda's 'full support' to beat Ducatis in MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow says he needs Honda's "full support" to take points off the factory Ducatis and aid Marc Marquez's MotoGP title campaign

Crutchlow wants Honda's 'full support' to beat Ducatis in MotoGP

Marquez is 67 points clear of his nearest rival, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, while Honda also leads the way - albeit by a considerably smaller margin - in the teams' and manufacturers' standings.

But Ducati has been in the ascendancy lately, winning three races on the trot, with Marquez admitting the Ducati GP18 is now likely to be the best bike on the grid.

Some of the tracks coming up - including Aragon and Phillip Island - are tipped to suit Honda more than Ducati, and LCR privateer Crutchlow, who has been closer to Marquez this season than the reigning champion's factory team-mate Dani Pedrosa, says Honda could benefit from giving him "full support" in the 2018 season's run-in.

Speaking about his aims for the rest of the campaign, Crutchlow said: "I'm not necessarily targeting a win. I think that we have to take advantage of the situation at some circuits, and I think there's a lot to be played out between the three of them [Marquez, Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo] as well.

"But Honda now need to give me the full support, because I can take points off them at some races, that's sure."

Crutchlow signed an improved new Honda deal earlier this year, which should provide him "more support" from the factory in 2019 - but says he does not expect major changes before then.

"This year our bike is our bike, it doesn't change week in and week out, but they [Honda] are doing a good job, they're trying their best for me, and I appreciate that," he said.

"But now we need to really work. If they want me to take points off them, if Marc doesn't have a great race and stuff like that, we need to be on the best equipment they've got."

After scoring a podium last time out at Misano, Crutchlow sits sixth in the current riders' standings - one place lower than he achieved in his best MotoGP season yet, the 2013 campaign with Tech3 Yamaha.

The Briton says he is not content to finish as the top independent rider this year and instead "the aim" is a top-five spot, which would realistically come at the expense of one of the Ducati or Yamaha works riders.

shares
comments
Espargaro: Aprilia can only improve after 'destroying' '17 MotoGP bike

Previous article

Espargaro: Aprilia can only improve after 'destroying' '17 MotoGP bike

Next article

Mika Kallio retains KTM MotoGP test role for 2019

Mika Kallio retains KTM MotoGP test role for 2019
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Cal Crutchlow
Teams Ducati Team , AB Motoracing
Author Léna Buffa
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

MotoGP
Apr 5, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Plus

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue Plus

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader? Plus

Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader?

OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Plus

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021
The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar Plus

The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar

The MotoGP season kicks off this weekend in Qatar - two years after it last visited the Losail circuit for a race weekend as last season's round was called off. As ever, the pecking order is difficult to map out at this early stage of the season, but perhaps the 2019 race offers some clues as to how things might shake out...

MotoGP
Mar 27, 2021