“In the end I have given it my all 100-percent, but I don’t think I’m finished yet. My motivation is very high for 2020.”
Cal Crutchlow arrived in MotoGP in 2011 and ultimately managed to score Rookie of the Year honours as a member of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 outfit. And it was there where Crutchlow raced to his first podium finishes and pole positions with the French-managed team before moving over to the Ducati Team for 2014.
Signing up to race for LCR Honda the year after, Crutchlow’s greatest glory came in 2016 when he ran to a stunning victory in the wet at rain lashed Brno – the first British MotoGP Grand Prix winner in 35 years – and then followed that up with another win at Phillip Island, Australia. Top Independent Team rider in 2016 and a podium finisher once again in 2017, Crutchlow remained with the LCR team in both 2018 and 2019 where the Englishman, despite starting off strong during the first half of the ‘19 season (Cal hit the podium three times), placed an off-song ninth overall in the MotoGP World Championship.
So now it is the very tail end of the month of April and MotoGP, as it is with virtually every other form of motor racing at the time being, has yet to hold the first race of the year. And Cal Crutchlow wants to get things rolling. Now in the twilight of his career – there were rumours of Crutchlow retiring in 2020 – the British racer remarked, “As far as my future, I want to continue because I want to prove to myself that I have speed, and I can win,” Crutchlow told Autosport last October. “Maybe right now it’s not so good, so I need to extend my career.” With MotoGP 2020 still out in the pandemic wilderness, Cal, along with wife Lucy and young daughter Willow, found their way out of England and in recent weeks, down in the outskirts of San Diego, California waiting for DORNA to tell him where to go next. On Sunday evening, this writer tracked down Crutchlow who was, for the most part, in a Golden State of mind. “We’re doing good,” said the good spirited HRC pilot of his California walkabout. “We’re just trying to buckle down and hide from the coronavirus. We’re down near Santa Fe Springs and I’m glad you called.”