Crutchlow parts ways with Ducati at the end of 2014
Ducati Corse have announced that Cal Crutchlow is to part ways with the Factory Ducati team at the end of this season, making way for Andrea Iannone.
This news comes after Crutchlow declared he was staying with the Factory Ducati team at World Ducati Week on the 19th July, with the question then left on everyone’s lips being ‘where will Iannone go?’. We were told Iannone would stay at Pramac Ducati with factory support.
However since then the internet has been rife with gossip and rumour of the Brit leaving the Italian factory for Lucio Cecchinello’s satellite Honda team next season. Allegedly Crutchlow was given a deadline of 31st July to make his decision, and the news has only really gained speed over the last 24 hours.
The gossip became fact and has now been made official as Ducati released the following statement regarding the former World Supersport champion this afternoon: “Ducati Corse announced today that it has reached an agreement with its factory rider Cal Crutchlow to terminate, ahead of time, the contract that ties the British rider to the Italian team in MotoGP for 2014 and also for next season.”
Despite the strangely worded release, Crutchlow will finish the 2014 season with the 2007 World Champions, making way for Iannone next season.
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