Cal Crutchlow’s active MotoGP career came to an end in the 2020 season. At LCR-Honda, the Brit made way for Alex Marquez. Yamaha seized the opportunity and hired Crutchlow as a test pilot after the experiment with Jorge Lorenzo failed.
However, Crutchlow did not complete as many tests as expected in his first year as a Yamaha test rider. Instead, it came due to the injury of Franco Morbidelli and later due to the suspension of Maverick Vinales at four Grands Prix.
He sat in the two Austrian races as well as the races in Silverstone and Aragon on the M1. Crutchlow finished all four races, but did not make it into the points.
Will Crutchlow do his real job this year testing for Yamaha? “Yes, we will do more,” explains Yamaha race director Lin Jarvis. “More tests are planned for 2022. There is a clear commitment from the company.”
Cal Crutchlow missed the top 15 in his four appearances
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But Crutchlow’s tests in Europe won’t be Yamaha’s only test rides. “We will still operate a hybrid operation in which many tests will be carried out in Japan and Europe,” says Lin Jarvis.
“But there will be more Europeans in the team. We will continue to test at both locations. It will definitely continue with Cal. There is already an agreement with him. He will continue to test for us,” said the Yamaha manager.
With images from Motorsport Images.