Sport Cal Crutchlow: There was no offer from Honda, possibly role as a substitute driver

14:45  27 november  2020
14:45  27 november  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Drei Rennen hat Cal Crutchlow in sechs Honda-Jahren gewonnen © Motorsport Images Cal Crutchlow won three races in six Honda years

Cal Crutchlow was on the road for LCR-Honda for six years. The Briton did not drive that long in the MotoGP for any other manufacturer. In 2016 he won two races and was rewarded with a works contract. Crutchlow also became more involved in testing and development work.

Nevertheless, he decided to switch to Yamaha after his active career and take on the role of test driver there. At Honda, Stefan Bradl will also be a test driver in 2021. But wasn't there a specific offer for Crutchlow to keep him in the Honda family?

Cal Crutchlow © Motorsport Images Cal Crutchlow

"Difficult to say yes than no, because I never had any of them on paper on the table," says the Briton and reveals: "The plan was more that I could be a substitute driver." Loose discussions were held with Honda team boss Alberto Puig.

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"I like Alberto. He's had an influence on my deals with Honda over the years. He's always supported me. Like me, he's very straightforward and says what he thinks. He was very disappointed when I came to Honda was out. "

"A lot is out of his control, but on the other hand he has a lot under his control. He wanted to hold me one way or another. He wanted me to be a reserve rider. But that would have been difficult because it was for MotoGP and Superbike would have been."

Because Puig has also organized the restart of the Superbike team, which operates from Spain. In addition to the four MotoGP riders, Crutchlow would have been a replacement for the two Superbike riders.

But for the 35-year-old, that wasn't a tempting prospect: "I wasn't particularly interested in this project. It's about six drivers and maybe I would have driven the whole year." And Crutchlow doesn't want to do that anymore.

That's why he decided to accept the offer from Yamaha. Puig showed understanding, as Crutchlow reports: "When I told him I was going to do the Yamaha deal, he was very happy for me. It was nice to know."

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