Crutchlow becomes first MotoGP rider to confirm 2019 slot

Cal Crutchlow has put pen to paper on a new deal with the LCR team to confirm his presence on the Moto GP grid for two more seasons. 

The rider has been pursuing a factory contract for a while and seems to have finally been gifted that scenario with HRC and LCR. On the confirmation, the 2009 Supersport Championship winner was happy with the deal that adds two more seasons to a Moto GP Career that started in 2011.

“I am very happy to confirm that I will be riding for HRC with the LCR Team again for two more seasons. We have worked extremely hard over the last three seasons together and I am positive that we will enjoy more great results together.

I would like to thank HRC for the great support they offer me and our team, and I look forward to giving my hundred percent to this project as always.”

– Cal Crutchlow

The news also confirms that HRC will support the LCR team until 2019 with HRC’s general manager of race operations Tetsuhiro Kuwata was also happy to be working directly with the dextrous Crutchlow, who has experienced success for multiple brands of bike already.

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“We’re very happy to continue working with the LCR Team and with Cal for the next two seasons.

We really appreciate the work they’re doing, and we decided to confirm our relationship and even elevate it by having Cal under contract directly with HRC. We wish Cal and Lucio all the best for the remainder of this season and those to come!”

– Tetsuhiro Kuwata

Crutchlow currently sits 9th in the standings, his best performance a 3rd place finish at the Argentinian GP. He is Honda’s highest placed rider in the standings outside of the works team, a clear enough reason in itself for HRC to put faith in the Brit.