LCR's Crutchlow gets extended factory Honda MotoGP deal until 2020

MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow has extended his factory contract with Honda until the end of 2020

LCR's Crutchlow gets extended factory Honda MotoGP deal until 2020

The 32-year-old has ridden for Honda satellite team LCR since 2015 and became a Honda-contracted rider last year, signing through to '19.

That involved Crutchlow taking on test and development work for the manufacturer alongside his race duties with LCR.

He has now secured a one-year extension with Honda, which puts him in step with MotoGP's two-year factory contract cycle.

He has also committed to Lucio Cecchinello's team for the same time period.

"I am very pleased to renew and extend my relationship with Honda HRC and the LCR Honda Team again in 2020," Crutchlow said.

"We have all worked very hard and we have had great successes and will continue too, I'm sure.

"I have the best support I could ask for from Honda, and Lucio and his team do an excellent job to give me a competitive bike every weekend."

Crutchlow is currently eighth in the MotoGP riders' standings, having added a victory in the second race of the season in Argentina to his two previous premier class wins.

"We are happy to announce Cal's contract extension," said Honda Racing Corporation president Yoshishige Nomura.

"Last year we contracted with him for 2018 and '19 as an HRC factory rider. This year he has again shown his strong talent and his performance deserves the status of factory rider.

"There is no better way to show him that than by making a new agreement with him, so we have decided to extend our contract.

"We've got to know Cal very well since he arrived at Honda in 2015. By hard work and by getting many good results he has contributed a lot to Honda and the LCR Honda MotoGP Team and he always gives us very useful feedback for the evolution of the RC213V."

Crutchlow is expected to again be partnered by Takaaki Nakagami at LCR next season.


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